Ron Vlaar’s Aston Villa future has been cast into further doubt as the defender was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury. BBC Sport carry the report that also denies the Midlands club have received any bid for the Netherlands international or his teammate Fabian Delph.
Vlaar began his career with a number of youth academies before moving to AZ Alkmaar where he graduated to the first team. Vlaar played 10 league matches for AZ before moving on to Eredivisie giants Feyenoord in December 2005. At Feyenoord the tough defender established himself with 132 league appearances, scoring on 8 occasions. On 1 August 2012, Aston Villa purchased Ron Vlaar and he quickly showed his importance in the Premier League.
Vlaar has 63 Premier League games under his belt for Villa and is the current club captain. However Villa fans will be fearing losing the Netherlands international on a free transfer at the end of 2014/15 as his contract expires at Villa Park. Despite attempts to renegotiate, manager Paul Lambert confirmed the player’s agent had said he wants to leave: “the message from his agent was thanks but no thanks”.
Ron Vlaar, 29-years-old, picked up the injury on New Year’s Day. The worry for the club though will be if this deters Manchester United and Arsenal from bidding, both of whom are chasing the 31 capped international. With a knee injury casting uncertainty over any medical, will sides be willing to wait till the summer to pick up Vlaar as a free agent?
By Gareth Thomas | January 8th, 2015