Aston Villa manager squashes rumours linking key duo with Liverpool moves

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Paul Lambert has been quick to squash rumours linking key duo with Liverpool moves…

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been quick to dissuade potential bids in the club’s key duo – Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar – who have both been linked with a multitude of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool.

Reports in the Daily Mirror confirm that both players are out of contract at the end of the season, and their availability has alerted a number of top clubs.

It was reported earlier this week that Liverpool were ‘leading the race’ for England international Delph, but Lambert’s comments have only served to reiterate his desire to keep both players.

Lambert, whose side host Louis van Gaal’s United on Saturday, said: “The way January works, if somebody’s worth something you may as well put another 15 zeros on the end of it.

“The price gets inflated. Even if anybody came in, you would never let them go cheap or anything like that. Would any amount of money tempt me?

“No. They’ll not go anywhere in January. It’s my say. Was that my recommendation to the owner Randy Lerner? Absolutely.”

The prospect of either player signing a new deal is looking increasingly unlikely, but that has not dampened Lambert’s desire to keep hold of the pair, rather than cash in this winter.

He added: “I’m pretty sure those talks will keep on going. It’s not something I’m sitting here thinking about what’s going to happen. They’re the ones with good dialogue, so I don’t have any issues.

“Those lads have been brilliant. They enjoy their football here. They have been really professional about it so there have been no issues at all with anything.”

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