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Saturday, 23 March, 2002, 12:38 GMT
Delaney eyes long stay at Villa
Mark Delaney outjumps Chelsea's Mikael Forssell
Delaney became a Villa regular 18 months ago
Aston Villa defender Mark Delaney wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career.

The Welsh international has just signed a new four-year contract which will keep him at Villa Park until the summer of 2006.

But the former Cardiff player insists he would be happy to sign on again when that deal runs out.

Delaney, 25, said: "I'll be 30 when the new deal ends and I've always said that I wanted to finish my career with Villa.

"I think everybody will see that by signing this contract that is still clearly the case.

"Villa gave me the chance in the Premiership and I want to repay that faith and as well the new manager Graham Taylor has also made me feel wanted."

Delaney was playing non-league football with Carmarthen Town four years ago.

But he has become one of Villa's most consistent performers since establishing himself as the regular right-back 18 months ago.

Villa boss Taylor, meanwhile, has confirmed that he expects German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger to sign a new contract.

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