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Norwich v Villa media watch [03.05.13 PM]: Canaries previews
The afternoon claret and blue media headlines.
3rd May 2013
Norwich v Villa media watch [03.05.13 PM]: Canaries previews


Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hinted the club's young guns could be handed new contracts if they survive the drop. Belgium hitman Christian Benteke is already expected to be offered a new deal to ward off summer interest in the 22-goal striker.

Express and Star: Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph believes the club's young guns are not feeling the pressure of the relegation scrap. Villa head to boss Paul Lambert's former club Norwich City tomorrow looking to take another huge step toward Premier League safety.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists the club will try and hold on to striker Christian Benteke because he has a vital role to play in the club's future. The Belgian has scored 22 goals so far this term, leading to speculation that he could leave Villa Park after just one season .

Football365: Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong will be ready to adapt himself again as he aims to shackle Aston Villa hitman Christian Benteke on Saturday. Bassong is hoping Norwich secure their Barclays Premier League status with victory at Carrow Road.

ClubCall: Defender Ciaran Clark and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi appear to have failed in their bid to be fit for Aston Villa's trip to Norwich. Both players missed the 6-1 win over Sunderland on Monday as Clark has a foot injury and El Ahmadi has a groin problem but boss Paul Lambert was hopeful the pair would both be fit for the trip to his former club Norwich on Saturday.

Sky Sports: Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong is looking forward to locking horns with Christian Benteke when Aston Villa visit Carrow Road on Saturday. Bassong has overcome an ankle problem and will be given the task of keeping Belgian striker Benteke, fresh from his hat-trick in the 6-1 thumping of Sunderland on Monday, quiet.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he will not be distracted by issues around his departure from Norwich when he takes his team to Carrow Road on Saturday. During his three years with Norwich, Lambert took his squad from League One to the top flight before moving to Villa last summer on acrimonious terms.

TEAMtalk: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has played down the emotion surrounding his return to Norwich on Saturday and is only focused on claiming a win. The Scot enjoyed three hugely successful years at Carrow Road, guiding the Canaries to consecutive promotions and an impressive first season in the Premier League before leaving on acrimonious terms.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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