Villans face losing skipper over the summer.
New Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood faces a tricky challenge just one week into his tenure as he must now try to convince club captain Ron Vlaar to stay, despite the Dutchman informing him that he intends to explore other options at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail.
Vlaar, who presently earns around £40,000-per-week at Villa Park, is out of contract at the end of the season and is reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Southampton.
Vlaar was a key figure in Louis Van Gaal’s plans at the World Cup last summer, and having just turned 30 is aware that his next move will likely be his last chance to chalk up a big opportunity for himself.
However, he has suffered an injury hit three years in the Midlands, and any potential suitors will no doubt have that in mind when the time comes to make a decision.
And Sherwood has insisted that he will be doing his best to keep hold of his captain.
“I’m not sure what the club have done with that,” he said of negotiations.
“Obviously the club want to keep their best players. I’m sure the club will endeavour to try and keep Ron.
“It’s not really for now. The focus is picking the right team and Ron focusing on playing and doing the best for the club.
“I was very impressed with him. You need experience. They have experienced themselves getting out of trouble at the end of the season. We need to try and do that this season and then try to look forward. First things first we need to stay in the division.”