Manchester United target Ron Vlaar has been urged not to make a switch to Old Trafford, or indeed anywhere else, by Aston Villa teammate Andreas Weimann.
Following a series of impressive displays for Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands team in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil Vlaar has found himself the subject of mass transfer speculation, with a host of big sides said to be considering moves for him.
Ron Vlaar to leave?
Villa boss Paul Lambert has repeatedly denied that the Dutchman is available to other clubs, but with the Midlands outfit struggling for form following a poor run of results, a relegation dogfight that Vlaar might not want to be a part of looms.
As for Vlaar himself he’s previously made it clear that he’s received no official approach from either United or any of the other clubs said to be keeping him on their radar. That includes the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Southampton, with all of them ready to take advantage of his relatively nominal £8 million price tag.
The 29-year-old’s current deal at Villa Park is due to expire at the end of this campaign, meaning that if chiefs at the club want to cash in on him then next month is the last opportunity they will have to do so. Talks of him penning a new deal have never really found their feet, and as such Vlaar continues to be earmarked as a potential acquisition by Premier League suitors.
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Weimann however is hoping that his captain doesn’t abandon Villa, who it must be said are in dire need of his experience at the back, according to the Daily Express.
"Ron is our captain so everyone knows he's important so hopefully he'll stay. He's in the middle of our team and we hope he'll stay," Weimann said.
"Ron is our captain so everyone knows he's important so hopefully he'll stay. He's in the middle of our team and we hope he'll stay"
"He knows we all want him to stay and I'm sure the gaffer and everyone else will try and get him to stay."
Plenty of suitors
Whether or not the Austrian’s plea will be enough to deter the interest from the likes of Van Gaal, Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers remains to be seen, but there will be plenty of Villa fans praying that it will be just the thing to convince Vlaar that his future remains in the midlands.
Though he’s had his critics over the years the former Feyenoord man has become the backbone of Lambert’s squad, and if they’re to survive another season in England’s top flight they’ll certainly need him.