IRELAND RULED OUT

Stoke City’s Stephen Ireland was unable to play against his former club Aston Villa due to a clause in his contract which prohibits the midfielder from playing against the club which he used to play for and Mark Hughes expressed his disappointment for not being able to use Ireland in the match.

Mark Hughes Sky Sports News: “Aston Villa stipulated that they weren’t going to allow the loan deal to be changed unless it was in the contract that Stephen couldn’t play against them’’.

Ireland waiting still for O’Neill call

Stephen Ireland is waiting still for a phone call, from Martin O’Neill. The soccer star has stated that he hasn’t been contacted by any of the new managers of Republic of Ireland, be it Roy Keane or O’Neill.

However, Stephen has confirmed that he isn’t sitting all day by his phone for the call since it’s Stoke City that remains the 1st priority for the star footballer.

The young footballer is of the belief that Keane and O’Neill are waiting to find how his squad career looks as the playmaker strives for the contract post the season termination.

MOVE MADE PERMANENT

Stoke City have completed the permanent signing of midfielder Stefan Ireland, who has been on loan at the club since the start of the season. Ireland had fallen out of favour with Villa boss Paul Lambert, which led to his loan move to Stoke.

He has always enjoyed a great relationship with Stoke boss Mark Hughes even from his days at Manchester City. This has led to Ireland enjoying football after a long time. Stoke also have been able to take advantage of a very creative midfielder, who has not been playing regularly in the last few years.

PERMANENT MOVE

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that the club are keen to sign the midfielder Stephen Ireland on a permanent basis. The Irishman is currently on loan from Aston Villa till the end of the season. However, his Aston Villa contract comes to an end this season and it seems that Paul Lambert is not keen to renew his deal after having fallen out with the midfielder. He has been rejuvenated under Hughes this campaign after having played with him at Manchester City. Now, the club are looking to make Ireland their major signing in the summer.

NOT READY

The manager of Stoke City, Mark Hughes, doesn’t think that Stephen Ireland is ready to make a comeback to international arena.

Ireland has been out of international football since the last 6 years. In 2007, he had withdrawn his name from the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of a match against Czech Republic saying that his grandmother was dead. But, later on, it was found out that he had lied. The actual reason behind his withdrawal was his girlfriend who had gone through miscarriage.

BORO MOVE?

Middlesbrough have been linked with a move for Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland in the last few weeks, but the manager Tony Mowbray has chosen to remain quiet on this transfer rumour. This has once again intensified speculation that the Championship club will be able to get a player at the peak of his career. At times, Ireland has been one of the best players for Aston Villa and Manchester city. These are the two clubs he has played in the last five years. However, he has been unable to realise his potential due to several personnel problems.

IRELAND WILL BE SOLD

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland is likely to be told by his manager Paul Lambert in the next few days that he is free to leave the club. The former Manchester city midfielder has been a huge hit at Villa, but he has also been extremely consistent during his time at the club. The 26-year-old still has 12 months left on his contract, but it seems that Villa are not interested in negotiating his contract. The club has been suffering from severe financial crisis over the last few years.

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PUSHED OUT

Aston Villa have been struggling in the Premier league throughout the season primarily due to the lack of experience within the squad, which contains several youngsters. The likes of the Darren Bent and Stephen Ireland are amongst the few experienced members within the squad, but Lambert has been forcing them out of his first-team in recent weeks.

The former Sunderland and Tottenham striker Darren Bent has not been in the squad for the long time, while Ireland is the latest one to be forced out. Ireland was brought to Aston Villa in an £ 8 million deal from Manchester City several years ago.
Ireland has had several problems with his attitude and relationship with the managers in the past.

However, the action taken by Lambert has come out of the blue and as a surprise to the fans. The 26-year-old has made just 16 appearances in all competitions for the club this season. He has not been included in the squad that will be taking on Arsenal, which has put his Villa future in major doubt. Aston Villa come into the encounter against Arsenal on the back of a decent run of form, which has seen them score in the last three matches and also take a victory against West Ham.

“I have to pick a squad that I think will benefit the football club. He has featured up until recently. It is my decision. Stephen’s got a contract. I’ve had chats with him and we get on well,” said the Aston Villa manager for Lambert when asked about the omission of Ireland from the squad. Ireland is one of the high earners at the club, as his contract is worth around £ 55,000 per week. Villa have been struggling with finances for the last couple of seasons following the departure of Martin O’Neill.

CONFIDENCE TRICK

Aston Villa manager Lambert has said that his team will be going into the weekend’s match against Chelsea with a lot of confidence, which will hopefully help them maintain their unbeaten run in the Premier league.

After a difficult start to the new life under Lambert, Aston Villa are slowly showing signs of recovery. Even though they still remain closer to the relegation zone, they have at least made an unbeaten run in recent weeks. Since the 0-0 draw with Arsenal, Aston Villa have been unbeaten in the Premier league. Hence, there will be going into the weekend’s match against Chelsea with a lot of belief according to Lambert.

Paul Lambert will also have the luxury of being able to take the former Manchester city midfielder Stephen Ireland, who is now fit again after a spell on the sidelines. Taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will not be an easy prospect according to Lambert. Chelsea will be coming into the match on the back of the 5-1 thumping of Leeds in the Capital one cup. However, they have suffered disappointments in the form of the 1-0 defeat against Corinthians in the Club World Cup, while they have also travelled around the world in the last two weeks.

“You know the players. You know the personnel they have got and the way they are playing. They have played in the final of the World Club Championship and they’ve just beaten Leeds United so you know what’s coming. But we will relish it. We’ll do as well as we can. We will go down with a lot of belief. We will have to play like we did against Liverpool but we will go into the game with a lot of confidence,” said Lambert ahead of the match with Chelsea during the weekend.

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