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Ex-Villa captain Laursen urges fans to stay grounded

Former Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen has urged fans not to get carried away over the success of recent seasons.

The club's former Great Dane believes supporters would be foolish to start taking that consistent record for granted.

"Villa are an established top-six side now and, let me tell you, that is some achievement," Laursen told the Birmingham Mail.

"It's not easy finishing in those positions every season. You have so many big teams spending a lot of money. If Villa can be in the top six every season, it's a massive achievement.

"Villa are a good club, a big club, with good players and a top manager but we're not Manchester United or Chelsea.

''Villa have to work hard every season to maintain that position.

"Other teams are spending a lot of money and the competition is hard. 'It would be a success for Villa to stay up there in the top six every season."

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