Villa boss Paul Lambert says the two week Premier League break is the perfect chance for his squad to recharge their batteries. Villa secured a 2-1 win in their last match against West Ham and enjoy a break this weekend due to the FA Cup fixtures taking place.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan says it doesn’t bother him that the side aren’t getting a sunshine break. Several other sides are using the FA Cup ties this weekend as an excuse to go on a temporary holiday to enjoy a bit of training in the heat and sunshine.
Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar has backed new signing Yacouba Sylla to be a success at the club. Sylla was signed last month from the French second division and has been heavily criticised since the signing was announced. However, Vlaar insists he’s good enough to have a big impact.
Paul Lambert has said the fitness of Richard Dunne is more important than his future. Dunne has been a long term absentee from the Villa side this season and several sources are suggesting the club will move him on, rather than offer him a new contact to stay at Villa Park.
Alfred Finnbogason has insisted he would prefer a move to Manchester United over Aston Villa. The Heerenveen forward has been linked with Villa in recent weeks but they could find it difficult to sign him if United, or another big club, come in for him this summer.
Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi says he hopes the side can now climb the Premier League table quickly. The versatile midfield man has just returned from the Africa Cup of Nations where he played for Morocco and he’s revealed that it was hard for him to leave the club for international duty.
Aston Villa winger Charles N’Zogbia has revealed that he doesn’t care if he’s targeted for some physical abuse during matches. The Frenchman has insisted that he enjoys a physical battle because it proves he must be having some sort of positive effect during his performances.
Aston Villa could recall striker Nathan Delfouneso from his loan spell at Blackpool to aid their Premier League survival effort. The striker can be recalled from the Tangerines given sufficient notice and there are several reasons he’d be useful to Paul Lambert over the next few months.
Midfielder Stephen Ireland could force a loan move away from the club this month after falling out of favour with Paul Lambert. The former Manchester City star has not had any significant impact at the club this season which means he could use the loan window to leave.
Fabian Delph’s future at Aston Villa has been called into question as he’s not made a significant impact on the team this year. Delph was a high profile signing from Leeds United but he has not produced the consistency needed this season to keep himself in the Villa first team.