O'Neill: Maloney staying put

Manager sees midfielder staying put

Maloney: Going nowhere

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill insists Shaun Maloney will not be rejoining Celtic.

"I want players into the club rather than going out."

Martin O'Neill

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The Scottish midfielder, who joined Villa from Celtic in January for £1million, is said to be suffering from homesickness and has been linked with a return north of the border.

However, O'Neill has declared that Maloney will be going nowhere before the transfer window closes on Friday.

"Shaun is definitely a bit homesick and it's something the media in Scotland seem to pick up on a daily basis," said O'Neill.

"But I've spoken to Shaun and no-one is going anywhere. I want players into the club rather than going out.

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"I know it's a difficult move when you move to another country but he's not the only one who has come down here.

"Stiliyan Petrov came down here along with some of my staff. We all have to move around.

"This is the first time that Shaun has really been away from home. But I do not envisage Shaun leaving. He has a future to play with us."

O'Neill has also revealed that he is still looking to attract new faces to Villa Park in the next few days.

"I am still hopeful and optimistic of bringing in players I initially targeted," O'Neill concluded.