Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has dropped a huge hint that he is ready to re-enter contract negotiations with the club following their passage into the FA Cup final this weekend, the Daily Mirror reports.
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The Dutchman’s deal at Villa Park expires over the summer, and he has been linked with a move to Manchester United ever since Louis Van Gaal took over last year.
And though he admitted that he could still move on, the prospect of staying in the West Midlands has become even more appearing since manager Tim Sherwood took over in February.
When asked whether the final on May 30 could be his last game for Villa, Vlaar replied: “Yeah, maybe. But I don’t know.
“It’s hard to say. I want to win it anyway, no matter what. For the team, for the club, for the fans and for myself. Then we will see what happens.
“I don’t know about my future but to be part of this feels so good.
“This helps – you can trust me on that.”
Vlaar also hinted that life under Paul Lambert had taken a dark turn, but highlighted the mood in the dressing room as something that could help propel them to safety.
“This feels really great and I also feel things have changed at the club so you never know.
“Things have changed for me in the past few months since Sherwood took over. It wasn’t so good earlier in the year but that’s football – it’s crazy.
“The new manager came in and we all felt it was a new start. It’s never good when someone has to go but it felt like a fresh start.
“We started to play better. The results got better and the only thing that gives you confidence is winning games so this win will give us another massive boost.
“It’s been a hard season for me with all the injuries. Now I just want to play and be important for the team.
“To feel the joy and relief after the West Brom game. So many people came on the pitch.
“The impact for the fans – how big it is for this club and what it all means.
“I called my dad and said: ‘This really means something!’ It’s great. Everything helps.
“You could see the relief after the whistle against West Brom – let’s hope there’s another one.
“This is big. Really big. We have to believe we can win it.
“I don’t think I realised just how big it is but you can just see it in the stands and out there on the pitch with us. It’s massive.”