Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Aston Villa chasing Czech Under-21 star

Aston Villa are among  clubs chasing Czech Under-21 star Borek Dockal.
The Slovan Liberec midfielder's reputation is higher than ever following a string of impressive displays for his country at the Euro Under-21 championships earlier this month.The 22-year-old midfielder is rated highly in his homeland and he showed just what he can do as he scored both goals in their opening 2-1 win over Ukraine.Dockal is primarily a winger, but he can also play behind a striker with relative ease.Dockal began his career when he was spotted by Slavia Prague aged just 10 and he was lured to the Czech capital.He progressed well through the youth ranks and in 2006 he was handed his first-team debut.But just half-a-dozen games into his career he was snapped up by Slovan Liberec, who he impressed during a loan spell.
Since moving to Liberec, Dockal has continued to impress and this has been recognised throughout by the national side as he has been picked all the way through each age level.In 2010, having previously been linked with a move to English side Middlesbrough, he was signed by Turkish side Konyaspor as they snapped him up along with team-mate Andrej Keric.A three-year deal was in place for Dockal, but he did not settle in Turkey and returned to Slovan halfway during the season.Upon his return to Slovan, Dockal settled in again and he was always in line to be one of the Czechs possible stand-out performers.And he really hit the ground running in the opener with both goals, with two quality finishes, showing how technically good he is.
And, according to reports in the Czech Republic, Villa have joined Bundesliga sides Hamburg and Schalke in the race for his signature.
Slovan Liberec insist they are not actively looking to sell Dockal but it is understood that a bid of around £1m will be enough to test their resolve.

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