Aston Villa have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Japan international Hiroshi Kiyotake after Nuremberg insisted that he is not for sale.
The midfielder has reportedly attracted the attention of Villa boss Paul Lambert following his performances in the recent FIFA Confederations Cup, but the German club’s general manager, Martin Bader, insists that he 23-year-old will not be leaving.
“I’m able to confirm this transfer enquiry from Aston Villa,” Bader told Nurnberger Nachrichten.
“We’ve made it clear that we have no interest nor intention to sell the player.
“Such enquiries flatter us but Hiroshi is here to stay.”
Kiyotake moved to Nuremberg from Japanse side Cerezo Osaka before the start of last season and enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in Germany.
He made 32 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.