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O'Neill: Carew going nowhere

14 Jun 2009 - 12:42:56

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has again dismissed talk of striker John Carew being allowed to leave the club this summer.

The 29-year-old Norway international has scored 31 goals in 78 appearances for Villa and ended last season with 15 strikes, despite a number of injury problems.

O'Neill said: "We want John to stay at the club, he's signed for a couple of years and we want him to stick around.

"He's very popular with the crowd and that helps his confidence and his goalscoring ratio is now up to where it should be. We want him to stay here, it's as simple as that.

"John had a great season considering he missed three months. For him to come back from his bad back the way he did was fantastic.

"I couldn't be more pleased with him, he's done terrifically well for us."

Meanwhile, Villa are being linked with a double swoop on Tottenham Hotspur, with midfield duo Tom Huddlestone and David Bentley rumoured to be wanted by O'Neill.

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