Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has warned Chelsea off his captain Gareth Barry.

"I don't think we would be welcoming it," O'Neill said. "I don't know whether it's just paper talk and no one has contacted us about this at all. He's playing for England now and he's playing for England because of how he's played for Aston Villa. That's something we're quite pleased with.

"I assume he's making enough progress for clubs such as Chelsea to be alerted to him. But we're hoping to stave off those kind of things and the best way to do that is to make progress [as a club] ourselves. I would hope we're building a team not, not dismantling one."