Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has insisted winger James Milner is not for sale in the January transfer window.
The 20-year-old almost joined Aston Villa on the final day of the summer transfer window as the Magpies attempted to free up cash for their own late deals.
However, Roeder later admitted he was happy when Milner returned to Tyneside and has seen the former Leeds star put together an impressive run of form.
The £5million-rated England Under-21 international has been linked with Villa again.
Roeder said: 'Everybody knows James Milner almost went to Aston Villa at the 11th hour in the last transfer window and there is a lot of talk, especially in the midlands, that that is where he will be going in January - but not as far as I and the chairman are concerned.
'We have played 30 games this season and James has been involved in just about all of them.
'As a result, he is getting the one thing he always wanted - regular first-team football.
'And in any case, why should James Milner want to leave Newcastle United?
'He is seeing at first-hand the progress we are making, and that we are slowly but surely changing our squad for the better.
'He has played such an important part in our recent good form with some excellent crosses which have brought some really good goals.'