Contract negotiations begin with Gunnarsson

28 September 2010 09:21
Player to leave talking to his agent while he concentrates on playing Aron Gunnarsson and Coventry City Football Club are about to start negotiating a contract extension aimed at keeping the midfielder at The Ricoh. Coventry City's 21 year old Icelandic international Gunnarsson has left all of the negotiations about his contract extension with the club to his agent this time around as during the last set of talks, the players form dipped and it took time for it to return. The likable, former Covsupport Young Player of the Year explained, “My agent was at the game on Saturday and I have said to him that I don’t want to be part of it, I just want to be playing football because it really messed up my head at the start of last season,” said the midfielder, whose current contract runs out next summer. // '); // ]]> “So I have just said to my agent, you do your job and I’ll do mine and we will take it from there. Obviously I want a new deal and I just have to wait to see how things go and hopefully it will turn out for the best.” Gunnarsson has recaptured the early form which saw him rapidly become a City favourite and has scored twice already this season, but he believes he is still getting better and there is a lot more to come. “I am not there yet,”  he said. “I am definitely playing better than last season when I didn’t have a great year, but I am kicking on now." “There is a new manager and I feel better and much fresher in my head and am just concentrating on football now and trying to get into my best shape. And I think I am on a good way now.” City boss Aidy Boothroyd certainly has played Gunnarsson more on the right of midfield rather than the player's favoured more central midfield role, but he doesn't mind that too much.  Boothroyd explained the reason behind moving Gunnarsson, “He has been doing really well. I think that’s his position and he brings a lot to the team,”  Gunnarsson responded by saying,  “The gaffer said to me before the season started that I might need to play somewhere else because he needs me in the team, so I said fair enough, but obviously I want to play in midfield if I can, but although I am playing on the right I am more tucked in than a right winger. Clive Platt is there to flick the ball on and I need to get on the end of it like I did on Saturday." "I did it against Millwall and I have got two goals from the right now so I am happy with that. I got one goal last season against Middlesbrough so to get two this early is great for me and I am buzzing, although they don’t really count because we lost the games." “I am not really thinking too much about getting goals because I just want the three points. This next game is important for us and we need to start well.” The result at the weekend against Preston has left the players a bit baffled as to how they lost the game they dominated for much of the time. Gunnarsson goal lifted the team as they pressed for the equaliser which never came. “I can’t believe the result because we were all over them, especially in the second half,” he said. “I don’t know what to say really. Their game plan was to get us on the counter attack and it worked for them because they scored two goals and then sat back." “We said to each other at half time that we had got nothing to lose and I thought we went out and played our best football of the season so far, but in the end we didn’t score enough goals and didn’t get any points. “I think we know how Leicester felt because they dominated us and never won, and we battered Preston out there and no-one is going to tell me any different. We are not here to play Brazilian football because we are not like that." " We are not Arsenal. We need to get three points, but that game is behind us now and we have to concentrate on Doncaster and I am confident we will get that. They are a good footballing side and everyone knows how they play and they will probably come here thinking they are going to pop us but don’t worry about that.”