Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew is to remain with the Championship club after manager Roberto Di Matteo revealed that there is no release clause in the player’s contract.
“We’re not looking to sell. It is not a question,” Di Matteo told BBC WM.
“Gana was totally different. He had a clause in his contract but nobody else has.”
Speculation had linked Ayew, whose brother Andre plays for Swansea City, with a move to West Ham United, while there has also been reported interest in him from clubs in Europe.
But new Villa owner Dr Tony Xia has already said that he wants Ayew to stay and Di Matteo added: “Jordan Ayew is going to stay here. He is going to be part of our plans. His qualities will shine.”
Ghana international Ayew was Villa’s top scorer last season, netting seven goals in 30 Premier League appearances, of which seven were as substitute.
Since he took charge on 2 June, Di Matteo has added goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Italian side Hellas Verona, as well as signing Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick and Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola.