Things are looking up for Aston Villa after a long and tough season for supporters. Tim Sherwood has turned things around and has guided the team to the FA Cup final following Sunday’s 2-1 win against Liverpool, and now the club have received further good news.
Star defender Ron Vlaar looks likely to stay at Villa Park, despite signs pointing to an exit with his contract up at the end of the season, and Sunday’s FA Cup success looks to have played a large part in the chances of that happening now.
Sako has scored 14 times for Wolves this season and has been in fine form over the past couple of months and has helped the Championship club’s push for promotion.
Though he has not signed a new deal and will leave on a free at the end of the season, with Villa expected to be his next destination.
Vlaar’s contract is also up in the summer and despite being linked with a move to Manchester United for much of the campaign, the 30-year-old centre-back has admitted he could perform a dramatic U-turn and stay with Villa.
“Things have changed for me in the past few months since Sherwood took over,” the Dutchman told the Daily Mirror. “It wasn’t so good earlier in the year but that’s football – it’s crazy.
“The new manager came in and we all felt it was a new start. It’s never good when someone has to go but it felt like a fresh start.
“We started to play better. The results got better and the only thing that gives you confidence is winning games so this win will give us another massive boost.
“It’s been a hard season for me with all the injuries. Now I just want to play and be important for the team.”
When asked if the FA Cup final would be his last game in a Villa shirt, Vlaar replied: “Yeah, maybe. But I don’t know.
“It’s hard to say. I want to win it anyway, no matter what. For the team, for the club, for the fans and for myself. Then we will see what happens.
“I don’t know about my future but to be part of this [FA Cup win] feels so good.”
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