Aston Villa are set to lose Olof Mellberg in the summer to Juventus but manager Martin O’Neill is unlikely to lose his other central defender Martin Laursen. ESPN Soccernet has quoted the Danish international defender as saying that he is happy to stay at Villa Pak and should his demands be met by the club, he could well stay on in the long run.
There is going to be a meeting in the middle of next week and we will see what that will bring. But it is not a secret that I like it here. I would like to stay at Villa. I feel settled outside the pitch as well. I really enjoy staying here and have a good relationship with the manager and everyone around the club. I think we have a very good team and I would like to stay so hopefully we can find some kind of agreement. Is it close to happening? I have an agent that takes care of all of that. I only want to play well and concentrate on my football. We have had a meeting about what we think is reasonable, what we think I should have, but I will leave that to the club and my agent.
Laursen’s contract with the Midlands club runs out in the summer when he would be a free agent and legally free to play for any club that he wants without Aston Villa’s permission. But the player is keen to stay on at Villa Park and after three years of persistent injury problems, Laursen is demonstrating his quality this season when he has been a rock for O’Neill in defense. Should the contract talks between Laursen and Aston Villa go well and the player does indeed sign a new contract, then Villa Park faithful would be the happiest of the lot.