Some positive news from the Villa camp this Saturday as Paul Lambert admitted that he plans to hold talks with defender Ron Vlaar prior to the World Cup this summer. Vlaar joined Aston Villa last summer and had a average campaign, made a difference but certainly needed a year to adapt to the Premier League. This year he has become Villa’s most important player. He is one of our few experienced players and organises the defence well. In-fact Villa are yet to win a game without Vlaar this season.
Ron Vlaar’s contract will expire at the summer of 2015 and Lambert want’s the defender to sign a new deal before the World Cup. Currently, Vlaar is Netherland’s best centre-back and Lambert fears that his performances will attract interest from all over Europe.
“He’ll definitely go to the World Cup,” Lambert said. “He has played in the last few games for them.
“He’ll go and has been playing well for us. When he’s not played it’s been a bit of a blow because he gives us that balance.
“But he’ll definitely go to the World Cup. I tend to speak to the players before they go away for the summer anyway, it’s always the case.
“Myself and Ron haven’t spoken about anything, I think he’s been happy playing.
“His form this year has been really good. Going to the World Cup is a big carrot for him. I’m pretty sure (the contract) will take care of itself.
“Going into the last year of his contract, you have to look at it.”
I’ve always backed Vlaar and this season he has displayed his importance to the team. It’s important to insure that Vlaar stays at Villa Park for a couple more years. Lambert has also admitted that he plans on holding contract talks with Marc Albrighton and Fabian Delph soon.