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Friday media watch [01.03.13 PM]: City clash in the spotlight

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Friday media watch [01.03.13 PM]: City clash in the spotlight

Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was today confident that the club will be able to hang on to Andreas Weimann after a speculation over the striker's future. Contract talks between the Austria's international and Villa were believed to have hit a snag during the week but Lambert remained optimistic he would stay.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa have announced a reduced loss of £17.7million for the year ending May 31, 2012. This compares with a deficit of £53.9m for the previous 12 months despite a fall in turnover of £11.6m.

BBC Sport: Manchester City hope to recall captain Vincent Kompany against Aston Villa on Monday, but Roberto Mancini admits injury could make it "difficult". Kompany hurt his calf in City's 1-0 win at Stoke on 26 January - his second calf problem in the last year.

ITV Football: Aston Villa suffered a reduced loss of £17.7million for the year ending May 31, 2012, the club have confirmed. This compares with a deficit of £53.9m made by the midlands club for the previous 12 months.

ESPN: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said Vincent Kompany is unlikely to be fit to face Aston Villa on Monday. Kompany, 26, has been sidelined since limping off in the FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke on January 26, and has yet to resume full training after suffering setbacks since then. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted Vincent Kompany will struggle to be fit in time for their Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Monday night. Kompany has been on the sidelines for the past five games having suffered a calf injury during the 1-0 victory over Stoke in their FA Cup fourth-round tie.

ESPN: Roberto Mancini concedes the title race will be over if Manchester City fail to beat Aston Villa on Monday. The defending champions are 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United and will find themselves 15 points adrift of their neighbours if Sir Alex Ferguson's team defeat Norwich on Saturday.

ITV Football: Paul Lambert admits Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner stressed the tough nature of this season to him when he became manager last summer. But the Scot is determined to meet the challenge rather than throw in the towel in the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

ClubCall: Paul Lambert claims he was warned by Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner in the summer that taking on the manager's job would be 'tough'. The Villa chief left Norwich to replace the axed Alex McLeish at the end of last season after taking the Canaries from League One to the Premier League in three successive seasons and then keeping them up.

ClubCall: Paul Lambert has confirmed that deal talks are ongoing with striker Andreas Weimann and he is confident of keeping him at Aston Villa. The Villa boss has been spurred into action over the Austria Under-21 international because he has attracted some of the Premier League's big guns thanks to a ten-goal haul so far this season, while he only has 17 months remaining on his current contract.

*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 1st March 2013
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