Thursday media watch [07.11.13 PM]: Agbonlahor in the spotlight
Express and Star: Gabby Agbonlahor today opened the door for contract talks at Villa and revealed he wants to stay for the rest of his career. The striker insisted it would feel "weird" to wear another shirt other than claret and blue after growing up at Villa Park.
Goal.com: Captain Ron Vlaar is confident that Aston Villa have a stronger mentality this season after their struggles of last term. The Villans had to battle to survive in the Premier League under boss Paul Lambert last season - eventually finishing five points clear of the bottom three in the Dutch defender's first term in England.
Wales Online: Peter Whittingham heads back to Villa Park this Saturday to face the club who gave him his Premier League break more than a decade ago. It was former England manager Graham Taylor who selected Whitts for his debut at the top level and David O'Leary who believed in his potential and kept him in the Aston Villa first team over a run of matches.
Wales Online: Cardiff City defender Ben Turner has warned that the fighting spirit which saw the Bluebirds triumph in the South Wales derby must be applied at Villa Park tomorrow. Malky Mackay's men travel to face Aston Villa bubbling with confidence after seeing off arch-rivals Swansea City in last Sunday's big clash in the Welsh capital.
ClubCall: Ron Vlaar believes Aston Villa have learned their lessons from last season and are getting defensively better all the time. Vlaar joined the club last summer but endured an up-and-down first season as Villa conceded 69 goals in the league, their highest total since the Premier League began.
ESPN: Gabriel Agbonlahor wants to convince Paul Lambert and Randy Lerner that he is worth a new contract after revealing he wants to play for Aston Villa until he retires. Agbonlahor is currently the club's longest serving player, after making his Villa debut almost eight years ago.
Sky Sports: Gabriel Agbonlahor says it is his intention to retire an Aston Villa player and would welcome an extension to his contract. The long-serving forward is currently tied to his home-town club until the summer of 2015.
*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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