Irish midfielder Wes Hoolahan has had a transfer request rejected by Norwich City.
Hoolahan has only played nine times for Norwich this season, starting in five and being used as a sub in the rest.
The Norwich midfielder has made it clear that he wants to leave the Canaries in the January transfer window but the club want him to respect his contract.
The club said, according to Sky Sports: "City can confirm Irish international midfielder Wes Hoolahan has today submitted a transfer request which has been rejected.
"The board of Norwich City has stated clearly no senior players will be sold against the Club's wishes and Hoolahan, 31, is contracted to the Club until June 2015.
"The club will make no further comment at this time."
The 31-year-old has been linked with a move to Aston Villa with former boss Paul Lambert reportedly interested.
Hoolahan accepts his request has been denied but still believes Norwich should let him go.
Hoolahan said: ""Following a meeting with the club chief executive, I felt I had no option but to hand in transfer request, I have noted that request has been turned down - however I believe it is in the best interest of Norwich, for whom I have the greatest respect, and myself that I am allowed to move on and play my football elsewhere."
Chris Hughton has given Hoolahan limited opportunities this season but will be looking to keep him as Norwich may find themselves in a relegation battle and the more quality players they have, the more likely they are to survive.
If the midfielder is granted permission and is sold to Villa, the Canaries will be selling him to another struggling team which isn't in the best interest of Norwich.
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