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Maloney admits Villa frustration

Shaun Maloney
Maloney has struggled to settle since joining Villa

Aston Villa's Shaun Maloney has admitted his frustration at failing to command a regular first-team place.

The Scotland midfielder, who has been linked with a return to Celtic, said: "I've got something to think about.

"I have started to enjoy the club down south but I've just not played and I don't think that's ideal.

"One day I'd like to come back and play in Scotland but I have got a few years left on my contract at Villa so we will see what happens."

Maloney left Celtic in a 1m deal in January 2007, linking up with former Bhoys boss Martin O'Neill at Villa Park.

He initially struggled to settle in the Midlands and half of his 22 Premier League appearances last season came as a substitute.

Meanwhile, United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan is keen to join Villa this summer.

He was poised to move from Chivas USA for 2m in January before being refused a work permit.

Guzan is now close to playing the necessary games for his country required to secure Home Office approval and came on as a substitute against England at Wembley.

"Hopefully there will be more interest from Aston Villa," he said.

"When I was there a few months back, it was an absolutely brilliant time - great people, great facilities and I couldn't say one bad thing about the place. I would love to sign for Villa."

see also
Maloney expects to stay at Villa
18 Dec 07 |  Aston Villa
Maloney's Celtic link played down
16 Jul 07 |  Aston Villa

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