Berger agrees new Villa deal

28 May 2007 12:12
Veteran midfielder Patrik Berger has agreed a new one-year contract with Aston Villa. Berger, 33, looked to have played his last game for the Midlands club after being sent out on loan by Villa boss Martin O'Neill in December. But the former Czech Republic international returned from a loan spell at Stoke City and impressed O'Neill during a run in the first team towards the end of the campaign. Berger, who has endured an injury-ravaged 18 months since moving from Portsmouth in 2005, will put pen to paper when he returns to pre-season training in July. "We have a new owner, a new manager and several new players, so it's an exciting time for the club," he told the club's official website. "The new training ground will be ready for the upcoming campagin too, so, in my opinion, everything is moving forward. "I think the construction of a new multi-million pound training ground is a massive step for this football club. "The facilities will be up there with the very best in the country, which will be great news for the current players and a superb way of attracting new ones too. "I'm sure Martin O'Neill will be bringing in some really good players in the summer, so it looks set to be an interesting time. "In my opinion this club will be challenging for a spot in Europe next season, I really think it's going places."

Source: ESA

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