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Thursday, January 17, 2008
In-form Laursen agrees to stay at Villa

Aston Villa central defender Martin Laursen has ended doubts over his future and agreed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with the midlands club.

The Denmark international will formally put pen to paper tomorrow on a deal which will keep him at Villa Park until the end of the 2009-2010 season.

Thirty-year-old Laursen was out of contract in the summer but has consistently stated that he was happy to remain at Villa.

He moved from AC Milan for 3million in 2004 and his first three years at Villa were dogged by knee problems.

But during the current campaign Laursen has been an ever-present and also weighed in with six Barclays Premier League goals.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill said: 'Everyone at Aston Villa is absolutely delighted that Martin is staying on for another two and a half years.

'He has become a firm favourite with the fans and I would think they are as pleased as we are that he is staying.

'Martin has been playing some wonderful football and he deserves everything he gets.

'He has shown great determination and the way he has overcome a serious injury is a lesson to everyone.

'He has removed the doubts over his fitness by playing regularly this season. I am delighted, and so is everyone at the club, that he is staying.'

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