Gerrard hopeful of keeping Robin Olsen at Villa as loan deal set to end

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has revealed that he’s keen to extend Robin Olsen’s stay at the club with his loan deal set to expire this summer.

The 32-year-old joined Villa on a temporary basis in January to provide competition and depth in the goalkeeper ranks, and he made just one Premier League appearance which came in the last game of the season at Manchester City.

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With his experience and pedigree both at club and international level though, Olsen is certainly at the level needed in the Villa squad to continue to push Emiliano Martinez as first choice, and it appears as though Gerrard is keen to keep his current group of shot-stoppers in place.

Villa have already moved to sign Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis after his loan move in January, while Boubacar Kamara joined the club this week as the hierarchy are seemingly keen to get on with business in this transfer window.

In turn, it may not be long before there is news on Olsen’s future at the club.

“Robin is more than capable of challenging Emi (Martinez). We’re hoping to maybe get some progress on that one moving forward,” Gerrard said, as per the Express and Star.

Olsen has a year remaining on his current contract at Roma, and so it remains to be seen if the Italian giants are keen to offload him now for a possible fee, as opposed to losing him for nothing next summer.

Having seemingly settled well in the squad and proven his reliability to Gerrard over the past few months in training, it sounds as though the Villa boss is eager to keep him and focus his attention elsewhere rather than start a new search for another back-up goalkeeper this summer.