Southampton transfer news: Aston Villa hit out at Ronald Koeman over Ron Vlaar pursuit
The Saints have made no secret of their interest in the defender
Tuesday 19 August 2014
The Saints manager has made no secret of his admiration for the Villa captain, who he managed at Feyenoord, saying he would "really like" to have him at St Mary's.
Vlaar, who impressed in Holland's run to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer, has just one year left on his deal at Villa Park although the club are planning to offer him fresh terms.
Lambert cast doubt over Vlaar's future when he said he was unsure if his skipper would stay but insisted Koeman should not have gone public.
"I think he is disrespecting when talking about other team's players when they are still their players," he told Sky Sports. "I think that's wrong.
"I wouldn't mind if he picked up the phone, but you don't go public on it. That's the thing that annoyed me the most and the stance is still exactly the same with Ron."
Vlaar joined Villa in a £3m move from Feyenoord in 2012 and helped them to a 1-0 opening-day win at Stoke in the Barclay's Premier League on Saturday.
And Lambert insisted the 29-year-old's performance proved he was not distracted by speculation over his future.
"I don't have a problem. You saw Ron play on Saturday, he was fantastic for us so I don't think anything like that is preying on his mind at all," said the Scot.
"I just thought it was the wrong thing to have done."
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Frustrated Steven Gerrard should have started crucial game between Liverpool and Manchester United
Paul Scholes: It's amazing Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has so few caps for England
New kits for 2015/16: Have the Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona strips been leaked?
What time does WWE Wrestlemania 31 start? Full match card and predictions ahead of Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns and Sting vs Triple H
England vs Lithuania: Theo Walcott 'at risk of being left behind' in Three Lions pecking order
- 1 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Video shows what happens when lava is poured onto ice
- 5 Cate Blanchett loses temper during interview: 'That's your f**king question?'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Vote Ukip, says far-right group Britain First