Whelan: I’m not busting doors

By Phil Jennings

GLENN Whelan says his future at Aston Villa is undecided until the club know which division they will be playing in next season.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has had a new lease of life at Villa in recent months with the club’s Play-off charge.

But the 35-year-old is approaching the final few weeks of his Villa contract – and the future is uncertain.

Whelan’s form has been a key part of Villa’s resurgence – and his mistake against West Brom that allowed Dwight Gayle to open the scoring in the semi-final first leg at Villa Park was rare.

He has earned an international recall after apparently ‘retiring’ from that level of the game.

And Whelan will be vying with Ireland team-mate Conor Hourihane for a place in the Wembley line up against Derby County.

But the last thing he has made a priority before the final is his contract situation.

Whelan told reporters: ”It’s not an issue. I haven’t spoken to the manager. Everyone at the club’s just waiting to see. We don’t want to unsettle anything. I am never busting down doors to find what is happening.

“I keep my head down and hopefully, if we get the win, something will happen. I am worried about Monday and getting the right result before anything else.”

Whelan is determined to wipe out the memory of last year’s Wembley defeat by Fulham.

He said: “We have to try and enjoy it and if we get the right result we’ll be heroes.

“We will be using it to our advantage, what happened last year.

“Credit to Fulham, they went out and played their stuff. Them getting a man sent off did not help us because they ended up sitting in more and we just could not break them down. But it’s different now, a different manager and a different mentality.”

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