Former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar has told the Dutch media his three years with the Championship side were tough, but he doesn’t regret his move to England.

Vlaar is currently playing for AZ after joining the Dutch side in 2015

Speaking to Voetbal International, the former Netherlands international was asked about his time in England: “The last season at Aston Villa I felt like a balloon that was empty. They had been three tough years, fighting against relegation, at a club with little structure.

“I don’t regret anything, you know, things go the way they go. That I hardly ever played in the Dutch national team, and also had to deal with injuries. That’s just the way it is.”

The Dutchman played nearly eighty Premier League games for Aston Villa, but in his final season at Villa Park the central defender was hampered with injuries, limiting him to just twenty appearances in the league.

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Vlaar was offered a contract extension in 2015 by the English side, but the player rejected it. This turned out to be a costly mistake as he then picked up a serious knee injury as he was leaving Aston Villa.

However, the veteran fought back from this and earned himself a contract extension with AZ this summer, which will keep him at the club for another twelve months.