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Lambert warns Vlaar suitors

23 July 2014, 17:30

Birmingham - Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has issued a hands-off warning to clubs interested in signing Netherlands international Ron Vlaar.

The 29-year-old, who has a year remaining on his current contract, has emerged as a transfer target for new Southampton manager Ronald Koeman following an impressive showing at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Villa skipper has also been linked with the likes of Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United, but Lambert insists the defender is not for sale.

And Lambert is confident that Vlaar will commit his future to the Villa Park outfit in the not-too-distant future.

He told The Sun: "Ron is not only an Aston Villa player, he is our captain.

"He has one year remaining on his contract and he is staying here.

"We will be talking with him in due course about extending his deal and we are confident those talks will be positive.

"Ron has always said that he is really happy here and has done nothing to suggest anything has changed.

"None of this speculation is coming from him, or anyone connected with him.

"We aren't selling. It is as simple as that."

Vlaar joined Aston Villa from Dutch side Feyenoord in the summer of 2012 and has gone on to notch up 53 appearances, scoring two goals.


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