Date: 19th October 2006 at 1:01pm
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Looks like it is the end of the road for Patrik Berger, at Aston Villa anyway, as Martin O’Neill believes the injury plagued midfielder will return home to the Czech Republic when his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Berger, who lit the pitch up whilst at Liverpool and also enjoyed a spell at Portsmouth, has had a nightmare career with injuries and his spell at Villa has been far from successful as he’s spent more time on the injury table than the pitch.

O’Neill has no beef with Berger (sorry) but told the official site:

‘He’s in the final year of his contract and I think he’ll go back home. But even at this stage of his career he has the determination to want to do well for Villa.’

‘He’s definitely got the talent. Whether he’s got the legs, only time will tell. I’ve got loads of time for Patrik Berger and I don’t care whether they’re no longer able to do it long term or not, I’ve got a lot of time for them.’

Adding: ‘It was great to see Patrik back (as a sub for the Spurs game last Saturday). I’ve got a lot of respect for his ability and always have had. I don’t think you can get away with not having that ability if you play for your country 50 times in a talented side.’

‘He proved that at Liverpool but he’s had umpteen injuries since then. It seemed to me he was injured at Portsmouth a lot and he’s had a frustrating record here too. But he’s got loads of talent and it would be great if he could show that here.’

 

9 Replies to “O’Neill Has No Beef With Berger”

  • Such a shame to see his career end with so little time on the pitch, he was such a class act at Liverpool.

  • Actually, I can’t see him going back “home” as, if my memory serves me correctly (and it usually does) he successfully applied for British Citizenship while at Liverpool because of his love for the country.

  • The council flat crack was directed at NeilBaker. Unfortunately ooah got in and now it don’t seem so funny.

  • Shame, thought he could of been a success for the club and unfortunately he was robbed of that chance.

  • Hopefully he’ll still have a part to play this season. Keeping fit is obviously the key, and while we’ll never see the best of him, he still has the talent to bring something to the table.

  • At least he can pass a football from A to B, and we dont have too many capable of doing that.

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