Maloney prepared to battle for Villa place

Shaun Maloney is prepared to stay with Aston Villa, despite the lack of continuity he's had since arriving from Celtic.

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"My manager was pretty keen for me to stay," revealed Maloney yesterday. "I knew I wanted to play more but my manager wanted me to stay so, if he's saying that, there's nothing else I can ask.

"Do I enjoy it? It's all right, yeah. I would obviously like to play a lot more. But yeah, I enjoy it, more now than I did in the first six months. It took probably until the start of this season to settle. The only problem is that I want to play more. Hopefully that will come, because it has been quite a frustrating season.

"I'm not too down about it because, whenever I have played, I've done reasonably well. And the team is doing well and doesn't revolve around me. I'm just trying to get in as often as I can.

"Obviously, I want to play more and hopefully I can. Every time I do play, I give my all. It's just about trying to get in the team and change the manager's mind."

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