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Vlaar: I remain an Aston Villa leader despite Delph being captain

Upon his appointment, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood transferred the club captaincy from Ron Vlaar to Fabian Delph but the Dutch international insists that he still remains a leader at Villa Park.

Vlaar, whose contract runs out in the summer, claims that the club is more important than any player and he is happy to play his part with or without the captaincy armband.

"I did the job with honour and pride for nearly three years and I gave everything," he said.

"I still give everything. It doesn't matter whether I wear the armband or not. I would still have liked to do the job but it doesn't make a difference to me.

"I haven't been fit for most of the season which has been frustrating because I want to play and I want to play well. I want to be important for the team. We are all in this together.

"When I came back into the team Fabian was captain, and that's no problem. Fabian has developed as a leader of the team. He's ready for it now, you can see that on the pitch and you can see it off the pitch.

"He has grown as a leader and he's the right person for the job. But it's not about me or about Fabian being captain. It's about the team."

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