Steve Bruce says his No.1 transfer window target is keeping hold of his star players like Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia.
Grealish, Chester and Kodjia have been linked with moves away but Bruce is determined to see the trio remain at Villa Park.
The arrival of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens as new majority owners has boosted the club – and Bruce is looking for another lift by leading the claret and blues into the new campaign alongside the likes of Grealish, Chester and Kodjia.
On discussions with the new majority owners, he said: “The one thing that the pair of them have said is that nobody is for sale. That’s music to my ears.
“We don’t want to lose our best players. We all know in football that unfortunately these things happen.
“But we will now be doing our utmost to make sure these things do not happen and not let them go anywhere.
The one thing that the pair of them have said is that nobody is for sale. That’s music to my ears. We don’t want to lose our best players.
“The new owners coming in has helped.
“I appreciate what Dr Tony did, too. He had a tough time but there’s no doubting his commitment to the club.
“Let’s just hope the new owners can help get Villa back to where they should be.
“It’s going to take time but hopefully we can now look forward.”
Bruce, as well as keeping his best players, is also looking to bring in quality in the window – with striker the priority.
He continued: “Scott Hogan has got a bad groin - he hasn’t joined in pre-season at all.
“Keinan Davis has got an awful groin injury that has haunted him for a few months now.
“The other one is Jonathan Kodjia. He’s sore. He took a whack. It’s more precaution. I expect him to be okay for the first game of the season.
“Rushian Hepburn-Murphy went over his ankle in training three weeks ago.
“Two of our strikers are young boys. Even Andre Green is only 20, who was a makeshift today.
“But he’s proved to me today that he can score goals.
“In adversity, there’s always something. He’s give us something to think about.”