Date: 17th January 2007 at 11:18am
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Martin O’Neill says the door is still open for former Czech Republic international midfielder Patrik Berger.

The 33-year-old former Liverpool and Portsmouth player reminded the club he was back following a loan spell at Stoke by scoring an outstanding goal in the reserves game last night.

O’Neill said: ‘The situation with Berger is that he is back here now, obviously he has apologised for what had happened. His agent had mentioned about the possibility of him going somewhere abroad for the last few months, if that materialises, fine. If not, then he just gets his head down here and the team will get picked on merit as far as I am concerned. If he is doing well enough, then he will be back in contention.’

Adding, on the official site: ‘His concern was that I had said somewhere, I didn’t actually but I was quoted somewhere, that ‘he will never kick another ball for this club’. I said that I never said that. And I said to him that of I did I would have said it to you first, Patrik.

 

9 Replies to “Beef Bergers Still Allowed At Villa”

  • Sounds fair enough to me. We need all hands to the pump at the moment. However no tears will be shed at the end of the season when his contract is up.

  • Hendire and Berger back and in contention for a place in the team, I never realised the transfer market was that depressed.

  • I think MON has been misquoted, what he actually said is “the team is picked on merit unless your name is Hendrie”

  • He (Berger) looked o.k. last night, the old flash of genuine quality still there, but he’s obviously, for a variety of reasons, no long term answer to any of our problems. Stunning goal though, and I’m still recovering from the fact that I witnessed a footballer in a Villa shirt actually prepared to have a shot on goal. Maybe we should play him at centre-forward on Saturday?

  • Sky are saying Berger is off to join Beckham in the MSL in the summer, thought when we signed him he was a money grabbin barstuard, one of the worse signings the club has ever made in my opinion.

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