Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised the form of Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar, despite the pair's futures at the club being heavily discussed.
Both Delph and Vlaar are out of contract at the end of the season, but Lambert has no questions over their commitment to the team.
Indeed, the Scottish boss feels that they have been amongst his side's outstanding performers this season and admits that he is hoping to keep them.
"I'm delighted with the way they're playing," Lambert told the Daily Mirror.
"Whether they're in their last year or have ten years to go those lads are right behind the football club. I'd love them to stay. They've been excellent.”
Despite Lambert's public admission that he would like both Vlaar and Delph to stay, neither have made any suggestions that they will sign a new deal.
Vlaar has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe, while Delph is said to be of interest to Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
Losing either of the duo would be a huge blow to Villa, but they may have to accept any sizeable cash bids that come way as they are keen not to lose two of their main assets on free transfers.