New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will not be able to raid former club Swansea City for at least 12 months.
Rodgers left the Welsh club to take up the vacant managerial post at Anfield, but his rebuilding project will have to take place without any of his former Swans players.
Various media reports had suggested the Reds wanted to take players such as Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair to Liverpool with Rodgers, but Swansea chairman, Huw Jenkins, revealed this will not happen.
“We have got some protection on Brendan coming back for our players in the initial period, which I think is the right thing,” he told talkSPORT.
“He has got a timescale to assess things there and that is going to take him while so I’ve got no worries there. We have got a 12 month respite.”
Rodgers was unveiled by Liverpool in a press conference on Friday morning as the man who would succeed Kenny Dalglish.
Anfield legend Dalglish was sacked little over two weeks ago following a poor Premier League season last year, where his side could only finish eighth.
Rodgers cultivated a strict short-passing style at the Welsh club and is expected to do something similar on Merseyside, so it would be understandable if he wanted to bring one or two of the players who carried out his instructions so well at the Liberty Stadium.