Alex McLeish is confident reported Sunderland target Gabriel Agbonlahor will stay at Aston Villa for the next 10 years.
The 25-year-old has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Saturday's opponents, Sunderland, who are managed by former Villa boss Martin O'Neill.
But McLeish believes Agbonlahor's love affair with Villa, where he graduated through the Academy, means he will stay for at least a decade.
The Villa manager said: "I would find it hard to believe that Gabby would leave. This is his club.
"Of course, it's football and you can never rule anything out.
"But I see Gabby being here for the next 10 years provided he is playing at the level he is capable of.
"People here have known him longer than I have, but I know how much he loves this club."
McLeish thinks Agbonlahor will be disappointed at Villa's form during the past two seasons and will be desperate to ensure they are not involved in a relegation scrap.
He said: "Gabby knows that for the last two seasons we have been in the wrong half of the table by Aston Villa's standards.
"He'll be desperate to make sure that we are OK in the next few weeks. He's a big, important factor."
McLeish is challenging Agbonlahor to reproduce his outstanding form from earlier in the campaign.
He said: "That first half the season was exceptional. The evidence is there for him to look back at that and say, 'look what I've done and I can produce that again'
"Gabby Agbonlahor is a match-winner and he has been unlucky in recent weeks."
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