Delfouneso loan ruled out

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Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has dismissed claims that Nathan Delfouneso could be set to leave the club on loan.

The 18-year-old was linked with a move to Leeds as part of the deal that brought Fabian Delph to Villa.

But O'Neill has been quick to insist that Delfouneso will not be departing Villa Park any time soon.

"It's absolute nonsense," said O'Neill.

"Nathan is not going out on loan.

"We have games to play and he is going to be part of proceedings.

"He has a real quality future ahead of him. I think he has the ability."

O'Neill added that he was still looking to add some more experience to his squad before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.

"To give us a chance this season, I not only want some promising players in but also established players," he said.

"The squad is essentially young so I'd like to add a bit of experience to it."