Martin O´Neill is confident Aston Villa will be able to hang on to key players such as highly-rated duo Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young even if they fail to qualify for Europe.

Villa now have to finish in the top five of the Barclays Premier League to achieve that goal after Tottenham´s Carling Cup triumph and the failure of the ´big four´ to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

O´Neill said: "Of course, it is possible to lose quality players to a team who are in Europe. But I´m not fearful of losing players if we don´t make it this season."

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