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Monday media watch [19.05.14 AM]: Lambert in focus

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Monday media watch [19.05.14 AM]: Lambert in focus

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

Daily Mirror: Aston Villa are expected to confirm today that boss Paul Lambert is staying despite Randy Lerner putting the club up for sale. Lambert and Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner flew to USA last week for talks with American owner Lerner. The trio spent Thursday and Friday in New York discussing Villa's short-term plans while the club is on the market. With no firm buyer lined up, Lambert wants guarantees for spending this summer after a second successive relegation battle. The Scot returned to the UK over the weekend and is now expected to remain in charge following productive discussions.

Birmingham Mail: Ken McNaught fears Villa's season ticket sales will be hit this summer unless the club can convince fans there is a clear strategy in place. Villa have been in limbo since chairman Randy Lerner revealed his intention to sell the claret and blues in his end of season statement a week ago. Chief executive Paul Faulkner and manager Paul Lambert returned home at the weekend after jetting to New York for a summit with the owner. And it is hoped Villa officials will be able to shed light on the status of the takeover and the future of Lambert during the next few days. Former Villa Park favourite McNaught reckons fans will bide their time over renewing season tickets until a definite picture of the club's ambitions emerge.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa have signed midfielder Anes Omerovic, 15, from Austrian side AKA Vorarlberg on a three-year deal as part of the club's youth set-up.

Clubcall: Young midfielder Anes Omerovic has become Aston Villa's first signing of the summer after penning a three-year deal with the club. The 15-year-old has agreed to up sticks from Austria and move to England having impressed while part of Austrian side AKA Vorarlberg's youth set-up. Omerovic has also stood out while playing for Austria's Under-16 side and will now join up with Villa's youth team in July after agreeing terms with the club.

Birmingham Mail: Former Villa and Blues star Chris Sutton has gone bust. The ex-England striker blamed bad financial advice after he was declared bankrupt. It emerged during a court case last year that Sutton, 41, invested £50,000 in a spread betting foreign currency scheme which was branded a "scam" by prosecutors. His wife Samantha also invested the same amount into accountant Simon Grinter's company along with other footballers.

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BBC Sport: Steven Gerrard has described England's World Cup youngsters as "scary". The England captain is tipping the likes of Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw to impress in Brazil after being selected by Roy Hodgson.

Sky Sports: Louis van Gaal has described Robin van Persie as a 'fantastic captain' and believes he shares the same philosophy as the Manchester United striker. Van Persie is van Gaal's captain for the Netherlands and reports have claimed that the 30-year-old will be handed the armband at United, if his fellow Dutchman takes charge at Old Trafford.

BBC Sport: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said the FA Cup final comeback against Hull City can be a turning point towards a successful new era for the club. The Gunners came from two goals down to win 3-2 after extra time and lift their first trophy for nine years.

*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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By @AVFCOfficial 19th May 2014