Thursday media watch [29.05.14 PM]: Goalkeeper Given in focus
Clubcall: Veteran keeper Shay Given is keen to continue his playing career but admits he must leave Aston Villa to do so. Given still has two-years remaining on his deal at Villa Park but the Irish stopper hopes to move on this summer. There had been speculation the keeper could call time on his career after he was appointed temporary assistant to boss Paul Lambert last season when the club suspended Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa, but Given insists he has no plans to hang up his gloves and move into coaching just yet.
Irish Herald: He has just turned 38 but thoughts of retirement are far from his mind, as Shay Given has no plans to become an ex-footballer. The sight of older players, such as Mark Schwarzer, still playing in their position into their 40s has only bolstered Given's belief that he still has a lot to offer, despite having spent the guts of two seasons in cold storage, while Richard Dunne's success in winning a ticket back to the Premier League for next season has also steeled Given's resolve to get going again. Some doors appear to be closed, so Given admits that he needs to leave Aston Villa - he has two years left on his contract there - for his career to prosper again and he's hopeful that can happen, and he has not ruled out a return to the international scene, if his club form can move back into place.
Sky Sports: A number of English and Spanish clubs are lining up moves for Almeria playmaker Aleix Vidal, Sky Sports understands. Vidal, who can play anywhere across the midfield or up front, caught the eye at Almeria last season. The 24-year-old scored six goals and had five assists in 38 La Liga games last season and his club are bracing themselves for summer interest. Premier League quartet West Ham, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Everton are all thought to be keeping tabs on Vidal's situation.
Express & Star: Tributes were today paid to former Villa hero and FA Cup final winner Stan Crowther, who has died aged 78. Crowther, who passed away yesterday, was a member of the Villa side which famously beat Manchester United 2-1 to win the cup at Wembley in 1957 - the last time the club has won the famous trophy. Former Villa boss Ron Atkinson, an apprentice at Villa Park during Crowther's playing days, remembers the circumstances of the wing-half's debut for the claret and blues in September 1956.
Clubcall: Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar believes his side are capable of challenging for silverware next season. Villa's last trophy came in 1996 when they lifted the League Cup and they have not managed to secure the FA Cup since 1957. Vlaar feels Villa are capable of challenging for titles next season and admits securing a trophy would be "huge" for the club.
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BBC Sport: England defender Phil Jagielka says he dislikes hearing calls for John Terry to come out of international retirement. Terry, who retired from international football in 2012, was part of a Chelsea defence that conceded just 27 Premier League goals last season.
Sky Sports: Olivier Giroud has revealed that he is in discussions regarding an extension to his contract at Arsenal. His current deal is due to run until 2016, but talks have been opened in the hope of tying him down past that point.
BBC Sport: Chairman Ralph Krueger says Southampton are already attracting "huge interest" from managers looking to replace Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino was named Tottenham's new boss on Tuesday and Krueger is hopeful the club can replace him quickly.
*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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