Marc Albrighton in talks over new Aston Villa deal

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Manager Paul Lambert today revealed Villa have opened contract talks with Marc Albrighton.

The winger's deal expires at the end of the season but the claret and blues have made their move to keep him.

Albrighton has been a rare bright spot this season after regaining form and fitness following an injury-hit 2013.

The 24-year-old suffered a broken foot, thigh and hamstring problems last year before returning to fitness during a loan spell at Wigan.

He has been Villa's brightest player since the turn of the year and Lambert confirmed they are hoping to get a deal done.

He said: "Paul (Faulkner, chief executive) has spoken to his agent a couple of weeks back. Marc's relaxed and he will be fine, he'll be alright. It will get done.

"Marc's been absolutely fantastic – on the top of his game. He was really excellent on Saturday (a 0-0 draw against Southampton) up against left-back Luke Shaw, a player who you can understand is being talked about highly. But I thought Marc was excellent against him, especially in the second half.

"He's been so unlucky with injuries. They have been a nightmare for him – and for us. But he's been very good since he's been back."

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