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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 21, 2007

Laursen seeking long-term Aston Villa deal

Martin Laursen is focused on securing his long-term future at Aston Villa after seeing his first three years at Villa Park wrecked by injury.

Laursen's signing from AC Milan in 2004 represented a major coup for the West Midlands outfit but he managed only 25 Premier League starts in his first three seasons.

The Denmark international believes those injury problems are now behind him after producing a run of form since the closing stages of last season and starting every game of this campaign.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill is thought to be keen to keep the 30-year-old long term and ahead of Sunday's visit of Everton, Laursen told the club's website: 'I am happy to read that.

'I would like to stay here. I feel good, but nothing has happened yet.

'I don't think I will make a four-year contract. But I hope to make a two or a three-year (deal) if they want me here.

'We had a quick chat just before the season ended. He said he was happy with me and I told him that I am happy here as well. I like to play here. I like to play in England. It suits my game very much, so yes, we can talk about that.'

Laursen enlisted the help of Colorado specialist Dr Richard Steadman to work on his troublesome knee problems and said: 'I ended last season playing two games a week, sometimes, and I ended up playing 90 minutes on Saturday and last Wednesday and then Sunday. I feel good physically now, the knee feels good.

'Personally that is what I had hoped for this season, that I could be physically fit so that I could be available for every game. And if the gaffer wanted to play me then it was up to him.

'To be available for every game, that was the main thing for me this season. Not to be injured. Then if I could play well then, even better.

'I don't think we have to worry that much about the injury coming up again. I think it was a bad injury and you can get that, and that is it, we know I don't have a perfect knee but I think that everyone is very happy with my knee - the officials, my doctor, myself.

'Yes, I don't have a perfect knee but I am fit now and I am playing now - so I don't think it will have to be written into a contract.'