Aston Villa’s Philippe Senderos is desperate for captain Ron Vlaar to remain at the club, as speculation surrounding his future continues to rumble on.
Signing on a free transfer this summer, Senderos struck up an immediate rapport with his centre-back partner in Saturday’s Premier League opener against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, stifling the home side’s attack to help claim a 1-0 win.
However, with Vlaar’s impressive World Cup performances for the Netherlands attracting interest from the likes of Southampton, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, it remains unclear whether the Dutchman will still be at the club come September, with his teammate urging him not to leave.
‘It would be brilliant if he can stay. I think the club are trying everything they can to keep him and the fact he’s seen the team do well today he might think he should stay,’ he said.
'He’s our captain and a very important player.'
Having taken on the captaincy just months after his arrival from Feyenoord in August 2012, Vlaar’s veteran leadership has been vital to Villa maintaining their Premier League status over the past two campaigns, as the sole dependable performer on an otherwise unreliable back-line.
Nevertheless, with the 29-year-old entering the final season of his contract, manager Paul Lambert has openly admitted that his skipper’s future at the club remains uncertain, despite the clear desire to keep him at Villa Park.
With a couple of weeks left of the transfer window, it remains to be seen whether a rival will come in with a significant bid for the side’s star defender, as Villa fans face an anxious wait ahead.
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