The transfer fates of Aston Villa stars Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph has emerged as one of the tabloids’ favoured talking points ahead of the January window, with the defender and the midfielder both refusing to extend their contracts past the end of the current season.
Following his third-place World Cup escapades with Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands outfit, Vlaar is strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in January, who are in desperate need of some experience and leadership at the back, whilst Liverpool and Tottenham are believed to be courting Delph, who has recently been announced as a contender for the England Player of the Year award by the FA.
Until recently, it seemed the Villains had accepted that Vlaar and Delph, who boast a combined 154 Premier League appearances for the Birmingham club, would both leave in the New Year, hugely denting their top flight survival chances, but manager Paul Lambert has now insisted that neither will be sold.
In his weekly press conference, Lambert simply told reporters; ” They’re not going anywhere. It’s my say and they’ll not go anywhere in January,” as reported by The Birmingham Mail.
Many will take the Villa gaffer’s words with a pinch of salt, considering the club face the likely prospect of losing two key players for nothing in the summer, but his recent declaration might raise their price-tags somewhat.