Carew must wait for new Villa deal

BY foxsports • March 24, 2010

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is putting talks over a new deal for in-form striker John Carew on hold until the end of the season.

Carew joined Villa from Lyon three years ago and has 15 months remaining of his current contract.

The Norway international has often expressed his desire to remain at Villa long term and has a close relationship with the club's supporters.

But O'Neill is determined to focus on Villa's push for a Champions League spot and FA Cup glory and will not discuss possible new deals with any player until the summer.

He has already indicated he will offer midfielder James Milner a new deal even though he is less than half way through a four-year contract.

O'Neill said: "John is coming into good form at the moment and seems to be clear of the little niggling injuries which have affected him this year.

"I hope he can stay fit between now and the end of the season as we will need him - like we will need everybody.

"But in terms of contracts I won't be doing anything now - and nor are the players expecting anything - until the end of the season.

"I was asked about James Milner and that's the first time I've been made to think about contracts.

"We'll just go on with our aims of trying to challenge for a top four place and we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup."

Carew has scored 13 goals this season and a total of 44 in 110 appearances for Villa.

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