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Belgium striker Christian Benteke and England midfielder Fabian Delph have both been the subject of transfer rumours having played starring roles as Villa clawed their way to Premier League safety.

But when asked as to who he was hoping to keep at the club, Sherwood said simply: “We can keep everyone. Nobody has told me anyone can go.”

Sherwood, who took over in mid-February with the club, has guided the Villans to five wins from 11 Premier League games and they now sit four points clear of the relegation zone with two games to.

Despite an FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on May 30, Sherwood insists the primary focus is securing top-flight status for next season.

He added: “The concentration is purely on staying in the division. We’ve got a lot of hard work to achieve that. If we manage to do that, then to lift silverware in the FA Cup final on May 30 would be very very good for the club.

“There’ll be a short break and then we’ll be at it again for next season but at the moment we haven’t discussed any plans for new players or takeovers or anything like that.

“It’s all been put on hold because of the important conversation we’ve got in front of us.”