Paul Lambert: 'No decision over Gary Gardner's future'

Aston Villa's English midfielder Gary Gardner in action against Manchester United on April 15, 2012
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Paul Lambert admits that Gary Gardner's future at Aston Villa remains unresolved.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has conceded that he has not yet decided if he will offer Gary Gardner a contract extension.

The midfielder's current deal at Villa Park is due to expire during the summer, which would make him available for a free transfer.

However, Lambert has hinted that unless the 21-year-old can force his way into the starting lineup, his days as a Villa player could be numbered.

"He's trained the last few weeks now and he was on the bench at Liverpool. He's doing all right. It's hard for him to get in the side at the minute and he knows that himself, but he needs games that's for sure," Lambert told the Birmingham Mail.

"He's out of contract in the summer and he's in the same boat as a few of the others. There's too many games to play to worry about that yet. It will be resolved in due course."

Gardner has risen through the ranks at Villa following his arrival as a trainee in 2005.

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