Date: 18th November 2007 at 11:25am
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Ah good, a bit of nice press!

Villa defender Gary Cahill, currently on loan and impressing greatly at Sheffield United, says he won’t be moving away from Villa permanently.

This follows reports last week that suggested he wanted to clear up his future and that he wouldn’t rule out leaving Villa Park if he wasn’t in the managers plans.

Cahill told the official site, ‘I don’t know where that’s come from because I haven’t spoken to the manager here or the manager back at Villa about that. There was nothing said at any stage that it could become permanent. The manager knocked back my loan the first time – he said he didn’t want me to go. It got to the stage where I had to go and ask him again when he left me out totally against Chelsea. I’d like to think I’m in a decent position, because I’ve got a year and a half left on my deal and I’m getting first-team football.’

Adding, ‘I’ve got an apartment in Sheffield and it is comfortable being near people I know. But I’m due back at Villa on December 18 and my home and my career still lie in Birmingham. I need to speak to Martin O’Neill closer to that date and see what opinions he’s got about my future.’

He also says he saw the Villa v Blues derby on tv and said it was a ‘great win’ joking that his overhead kick was a better winner than Gabby’s.

Happy about that, I think Cahill is a good defender and great prospect, he is only young and has plenty of time to become a Villa regular. I would hate to see someone like him leave at only 21 years of age, imagine if we’d done that with Gareth Barry for instance?