Neil Lennon says Stilian Petrov is 'unstoppable in some games' and agrees with Celtic refusing bids for the want-away player.
Lennon, another of Martin O'Neill's former players, said: 'From our point of view we want Stilian to stay because he's such an influential player for us. When he's in the mood he's unstoppable in some games. If he stays, we have a very strong midfield with the likes of Stan, Shunsuke Nakamura, Aiden McGeady, Jiri Jarosik, Alan Thompson and myself.'
'We have six or seven quality players and that's what you need. It's encouraging that the board haven't taken the first offer for Stan. You want top dollar for your best player and they are quite right to stand their ground.'
Portsmouth have failed in a couple of bids for the midfielder. We are now being linked with a move following the arrival of Martin O'Neill and Blackburn, Middlesbrough as well as Fulham have also been linked with the 27-year-old.
(Alan Thompson, there's another player who never got the full opportunity at Villa, I thought when he was sold he was just coming good and he has gone from strength to strength at Celtic)
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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