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The Scot will “roll his sleeves up” and prepare for next season, with a budget made available for “proven quality” signings even though the club is currently up for sale

Paul Lambert will remain in charge of Aston Villa after productive talks with American owner Randy Lerner in New York, despite the uncertainty that surrounds the club.

Lerner, who purchased Villa for £62.6 million in 2006, announced last week that he had put the Midlands club up for sale, which had thrown Lambert’s future into doubt.

But the Scot has no plans to leave Villa and is already preparing for next season, and, despite a potential sale, will have a transfer budget made available as he eyes signings of “proven quality”.

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“As everybody is aware, I met with the chairman along with Paul (Faulkner, chief executive) and I’m determined to get on with the job of managing Aston Villa,” Lambert told the club’s official website.

“These circumstances are extremely challenging as the club is for sale and as far as I know there is nothing imminent in terms of new ownership, but we’re going to roll up our sleeves, prepare for the battle ahead and do our best by the club.

“The squad requires strengthening, that’s self-evident, and it won’t be easy within the current circumstances. But we’ll look to identify players of proven quality to bring in and get ready for the start of the new season.

“To the fans, my message is simple - this is your club and it’s a fantastic club. Your support has made it into this.

“The past two seasons have been tough and expectations, rightly, are high. But success is always built on everybody working together and the circumstances now require us all to pull together and stick together and try to galvanise ourselves for this challenge we face.

“I’m determined to give it everything I have, the players will do the same and it is our collective strength as a club which, ultimately, will see us through.”

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