Aston Villa contract talks put on hold

Contract talks for Heskey and co put on hold as Villa focus on regaining form

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UPDATED:

08:32 GMT, 29 March 2012

On hold: Emile Heskey will have to wait to negotiate a new deal

On hold: Emile Heskey will have to wait to negotiate a new deal

Aston Villa will put talks on the future of a trio of players out of contract this summer on hold until the end of the season, assistant manager Peter Grant has confirmed.

The current deals of veteran striker Emile Heskey, defender Carlos Cuellar and No 2 keeper Brad Guzan run out in June.

Villa have held initial negotiations
with Cuellar and Guzan with the former already indicating he would like
to remain at the midlands club.

But Grant said: 'The gaffer (Alex McLeish) has said he would rather put all these talks back until the season ends.

'Alex has always been one of those guys
who prefers to do his business at the end of the season. He knows the
most important thing is Villa winning games.

'His thinking is 'I'd rather leave it as much as I possibly can' and I think the players we are working with understand that.'

On his way: Cuellar (left) has been linked with a move to Valencia

On his way: Cuellar (left) has been linked with a move to Valencia

Cuellar has been in outstanding form
since being restored to the side and Guzan showed his potential during a
two-month run in the side when Shay Given was injured.

But Heskey is no longer a first-choice striker although he was restored to the side for last weekend's clash with Arsenal.