Aston Villa boss Lambert rejects Vlaar agent claims

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has dismissed claims by the agent of captain Ron Vlaar that negotiations over a new contract for the Dutchman are yet to begin, BBC Sport has reported.

Vlaar’s current deal runs out at the end of the season, and he has thus been heavily linked with a move away, with Manchester United said to be among the most interested parties. Their boss Louis van Gaal knows the 29-year-old well having worked with him while in charge of the Netherlands.

Recently, Vlaar’s agent Arnold Oosterveer intensified talk of him leaving Villa Park, saying that the end of the current contract would provide his ‘ambitious’ client with a ‘natural break’ and a ‘nice step’.

But when asked about those comments on Friday, Lambert – who at present is suffering from a shortage of central defenders due to injury – reacted angrily, saying: “I’m not blaming Ron in any shape or form. He’s been great, (we’ve had) good dialogue with him but I don’t think you can do what he (Oosterveer) did.

“The options are open for Ron because he’s in his last year, but I don’t think you should air your views… especially when they’re not true. All you can do is your best to try and keep him. We are trying our best on that front.”

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