Date: 9th January 2006 at 10:12am
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David O’Leary has said he has had no contact from other clubs interested in the services of Mark Delaney and he has made it clear that he doesn’t want any approaches saying Delaney is ‘going nowhere’. That’s a bit harsh, I thought he’d played really well recently, oh hang on, I get what he means!

Despite the fact Delaney put in a written transfer request in December, the player is still keen on sorting out a new contract at Villa. His current deal runs out in the summer and the Welsh international said a month or so back that he felt that he was being pushed out with the lack of talks from the board. I’m not sure about it Mark, Doug is far too busy beating all those reporters at tennis to worry about your contract!?

Middlesbrough and Portsmouth have both been linked to the 29 year old defender, as have Blackburn and Cardiff.

O’Leary said: ‘I haven’t had a call…Any time Mark has played he’s hardly ever let us down.’

He also says the club have stalled on offering Delaney a new contract because of the amount of injuries he suffers from. I’m not sure of the source, but I read the other day that he has only managed to play 49% of the time for us.

O’Leary continued: ‘The club’s issue is that this will be his ninth game of the season – they’re saying the problem has been injuries over the seven seasons he’s been here. That’s the vibe I’m getting’ adding: ‘Any time he’s been available, in general, he’s always been in my side. The problem is he’s been too unavailable for me.’