Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has ruled out loan moves for Barry Bannan, Fabian Delph and Chris Herd.
The promising trio of youngsters are down the pecking order at Villa Park following the winter arrivals of Jean Makoun and Michael Bradley, while Nigel Reo-Coker and Stiliyan Petrov have recently returned to fitness.
A number of clubs would most likely be keen on taking the young midfielders on a short-term basis, however, they may have a role to play at Villa.
While American defender Eric Lichaj has joined Championship side Leeds on loan for a month, Houllier will not allow them to leave.
"There is no chance because they've got four months to learn," the Frenchman told the Express & Star.
"Barry will be training with the first-team which was not the case before, so in terms of intensity in terms of pace of the game he's got to for the four months coming up.
"It will be part of a learning process and learn about the game and of course they'll play some games.
"You can't put the horse before the cart, you've got to work and then you'll play games.
"He, Chris and Nathan Baker won't leave - it's as simple as that.
"Fabian has been injured for a long time so he needs these four months obviously to build up. I've spoken to them and told them this."
Scotsman Bannan, 21, looked particularly impressive earlier in the campaign and has made 12 appearances in the Premier League this term.
Delph, meanwhile, is on the road to recovery after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage last year while Herd, who recently penned a new contract, has played five times in the top-flight this season.