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  • Manager:Paul Lambert
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Veteran Berger raring to go

19 Jun 2007 - 15:26:50

Veteran Aston Villa midfielder Patrik Berger almost decided to retire from the game earlier this year because of his ongoing injury problems.

The 33-year-old former Czech Republic international has been restricted to only nine starts in his two seasons at Villa Park but has a new zest for the game after being handed a new contract.

Berger was involved in a row with Villa boss Martin O'Neill last season before being loaned out to Stoke City, but told CTK: "Eventually we shook hands so our relationship is the same as it was in the beginning.

"At Stoke I realised that, as long as it is possible, I want to stay in England.

"After I hang up my boots, I will return to Czech Republic. I have friends here and it is my home."

Meanwhile, Lee Hendrie has revealed that he would welcome the chance to sign a permanent deal with Sheffield United.

The midfielder has been linked with a host of clubs following his release from Villa, and told the Birmingham Evening Mail: "I know Sheffield United have made a few enquiries, but I'm not sure how strong their interest is.

"I've heard a lot about Bryan Robson and the fact that he's a players' manager. He's a legend in the game and to play for someone like that would be exciting."

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