By Amir Mir

Roberto Di Matteo has admitted that Idrissa Gueye is leaving Aston Villa but claimed that sought-after striker Jordan Ayew will be staying.

Numerous players have been linked with a move away from Villa Park following the club’s relegation.

Ayew has attracted interest from France and German club Hamburg have reportedly tabled an £8million bid.

But Di Matteo revealed that the club are in a position where they don’t have to sell and had there not been a £7.2million release clause in Gueye’s contract then he would be staying at Villa Park

“We’re in a position where we don’t have to sell any player,” Di Matteo told the Birmingham Mail. “Ayew will be a part of our plans and he will stay here. He will shine through with the right support from the team.

“Idrissa will be leaving because of the release clause. If it wasn’t there, he would stay.”

It has been widely reported that senior quartet Micah Richards, Carlos Sanchez, Jordan Veretout and Joleon Lescott will be allowed to leave the club.

Winger Scott Sinclair has also been the subject of a string of bids from Scottish Champions Celtic and Di Matteo has confirmed there might be some movement in the coming weeks.

“There has been rumours about many of our players on the market,” said Di Matteo. “There is some interest in our players. There might be some changes but at the moment we’re not looking to sell.”

The Midlands outfit have purchased three players this summer with defender Tommy Elphick, Midfielder Aaron Tshibola and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini all signing long-term contracts and expected to be a part of the club’s opening game of the season against Sheffield Wednesday on August 7.

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