Villa captain ready to open contract talks with current club.
Manchester United could be set to miss out on a key target in January as Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar has told the club that he is now ready to open talks about a new contract extension to stay at Villa Park beyond the summer, the Daily Mirror reports.
Vlaar is now entered the final year of his deal in the West Midlands, and the club are desperate to keep hold of him beyond next summer.
The club have recently tied down the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Alan Hutton and manger Paul Lambert to new deals over the past ten days.
Manchester United have also been keeping tabs on him, in the absence of any serious negotiations about fresh terms at Villa Park.
Vlaar impressed under Van Gaal at the World Cup this summer and the manager is keen for a reunion as the club struggle to keep things tight in defence.
However, they could suffer a blow as Vlaar, who is settled in the Midlands, has hinted that he is ready to being talks over staying put.
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