Mertesacker agent cools Villa link

The agent of Werder Bremen's Germany defender Per Mertesacker has dismissed talk of his client making a move to Aston Villa before the transfer window shuts.

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The 22-year-old centre-back was one of his country's star performers at the World Cup finals just over a year ago, but his representative, Roman Pletz, says he is committed to the cause with Werder.

He told Sky Sports: "At the moment it is not possible for Per to leave.

"He is under contract until 2010 and he is a very important player for Werder Bremen.

"There has been interest in Per since the last World Cup, with English clubs watching him.

"Aston Villa are a big club, but Per is happy at Bremen and he will stay at Bremen this season."

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