Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill doesn't want to lose his No2 Roy Keane.

The Manchester United legend is being linked with a role at Aston Villa.

"Naturally, I'm very pleased and delighted that he has done so (temporarily left ITV)," said the ex-Villa manager.

"Maybe we might just get on with things now. It's obviously good news for us, for everyone concerned I think. The players in particular are delighted and so are the rest of us.

"As I said to you before, he has enjoyed it here immensely. That obviously plays a part in his thinking.

"Everything now this minute is on the back burner in terms of all speculation and all that type of stuff. I don't really want to continue on with this until we come back from the United States."

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