Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar has confirmed that he's held talks with Paul Lambert over a new contract, but refused to fully commit his future to the club as speculation continues that both Arsenal and Manchester United are considering a cut-price January move.
Vlaar's current deal at Villa expires at the end of the season, which off the back of an incredible World Cup campaign has understandably led to no shortage of interest in the Dutch stalwart's signature, particularly if he's available on a Bosman free transfer next summer.
Villa are desperate to persuade the defender to commit his future to the club which first brought him to the Premier League in 2012, but his latest statement to the Birmingham Mail are non-committal to say the very least.
Villa running out of time to keep their talisman
Following last weekend's goalless draw with West Ham United the 29-year-old was once again asked about his future, disclosing: “I have nothing to say because there is nothing going on,” the 29-year-old said.
“I have spoken to the gaffer a few times (about a new deal) but that is it so far.”
Vlaar and Delph could both walk for free
Villa now have a very difficult decision to make with regard to the futures of pivotal players in Vlaar and Fabian Delph, who is also out of contract when the current campaign concludes.
Should Villa cash in on the pair in January rather than risk allowing them to walk away for free next summer, or play a dangerous game and prioritise the fight for Premier League survival over any short-term financial gain?
Arsenal, United and perhaps even Liverpool are primed to take advantage if they dither with that choice, and will free to talk terms with Vlaar or Delph from January onwards.
Vlaar is easily the most likely signing for all three thanks to a defensive deficiencies which have already cost them dear this season, so expect swift movement on this front when the January window finally opens.