Ron Vlaar
Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar's contract will expire at the end of this season Getty

Manchester United defender target Ron Vlaar has admitted that he could stay at Aston Villa next season.

The Dutch international's contract at Villa Park will run down at the end of the season and he has not signed a new deal. Earlier in the January transfer window, he was constantly linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Tim Sherwood replaced Paul Lambert in February and since his appointment, things have changed at Villa. Their recent success came after they defeated Liverpool 2-1 to make it to the finals of the FA Cup.

Vlaar is delighted with the manner in which the former Tottenham Hotspur manager has managed to get results in his side's favour in recent times, which has made him consider his future at Villa.

"Yes, it is [possible I could stay]. Things have changed for me in the past few months since Sherwood took over. It's been a hard season for me with all the injuries," Vlaar said, as quoted by the Independent.

"Now I just want to play and be important for the team. Reaching the final helps – you can trust me on that."

"It [moving clubs] is not something to think about right now. This feels really great and I also feel things have changed at the club. It wasn't so good earlier in the year, but that's football. Things change. A new manager came in, we all felt it was a new start."

"We started to play better, the results got better. And the only thing that gives you confidence is winning games, so this win will give us another massive boost. The team spirit is really good," he added.

Vlaar played under Louis van Gaal for Netherlands during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and he was instrumental in his national side's defence. They were, however, knocked out by Argentina in the semifinals of the tournament.

The Independent also suggested that United was expected to be Vlaar's possible destination, if he had decided to end his time at Villa. However, the centre-back's latest comments will come as a great joy for Sherwood and Villa supporters.