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Mellberg ‘cannot wait’ to leave Aston Villa

As was widely suspected, Olof Mellberg is set to leave Villa Park in the summer and join Juventus. The BBC report that the Swedish defender has agreed a three-year deal with the Italian club and will leave Aston Villa after six seasons in Birmingham.

“I am very happy with this agreement. “It will be an important experience.

“Now I must finish the season in an Aston Villa shirt but I really cannot wait to come to Juventus,” he said.

Mellberg has been a first-team regular for the Villans this season, although it remains to be seen whether manager Martin O’Neill will continue to field a player whose future lies elsewhere. Is this is a setback to the club’s ambitions of challenging the ‘Big Four’ or will the team cope perfectly well without him?

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