Wolves’ head of football operations has issued a hands off warning to suitors of central defender Danny Batth.

Kevin Thelwell’s comments have come in response to a rumour that Premier League Aston Villa are set to launch a £5 million move for the player.

Batth signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal in January and is considered to be a key player for Wolves who will be pushing for back to back promotions this season.

Kevin Thelwell told the Express & Star:

“I saw the story but we’ve had no approach from Villa,”

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“We want him to help us get into the Premier League, rather than him helping someone else in there.

“We’ve had no one contacting us about Danny Batth, and neither would we welcome anyone contacting us about him because he epitomises everything we want about the football club going forwards.

“I think he can achieve anything he wants to here, and he’s destined to be a big part of our history going forwards.

“Getting him to sign a new contract was a big thing for us and the way in which he handled himself showed it was never about him wanting to be anywhere else.

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“He wants to achieve things with Wolves and we believe we can achieve things here.

“The dream is him playing for us in the Premier League, as opposed to playing for anyone else.”

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