Petrov hopeful pair will stay
Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov wants Steven Sidwell and Nigel Reo-Coker to stay at the club.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 30/07/10 10:08am
Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov wants Steven Sidwell and Nigel Reo-Coker to remain at the club.
Sidwell has been linked with a switch to Fulham while Reo-Coker is reportedly keen to guarantee himself regular first-team football.
Petrov, though, is hopeful the pair will stay at Villa Park having built up a rapport with the players over the years.
He said in the Daily Star: "They have showed that they've got a very good attitude.
"Even when they weren't playing. Every time when the manager picked them to play they tried their best and he knows that.
"We would love them to stay because they're good players, but the manager has a different opinion.
"The manager is trying to bring in new faces and to let some people go.
"But even if we stay the way we are, we have still got a team to compete because every player in our team is a good player. Some people may leave and other people will come in.
"It's hard to see when you've played with somebody for three or four years and you've gone through a lot of hard work all that time to see them leaving, but that's the way football goes."