Cape Town - Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has hinted at the possibility of signing a new deal which will keep him at the club beyond this summer.
That was the word from the Netherlands stalwart, whose current deal with the Birmingham-based club expires at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old was expected to leave Aston Villa during the off-season, with Manchester United one of several clubs rumoured to be interested in his services. However, the defender ultimately ended up staying with the Villans.
Villa reached the FA Cup Final after claiming a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday, but they are still involved in a battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Vlaar, who battled calf and knee problems earlier in the season, revealed that he could still be a Villa player next season.
"Things have changed for me in the past few months since (Tim) Sherwood took over," Vlaar said.
"It's been a hard season for me with all the injuries. Now I just want to play and be important for the team. This helps - you can trust me on that.
"I don't know about my future but to be part of this feels so good, to feel the joy and relief after the West Brom game (the FA Cup quarter-final). So many people came on the pitch.
"The impact for the fans, how big this club and what it all means. I called my dad and said 'This really means something'. It's great. Everything helps."