Aston Villa deny Heskey is moving to Leicester

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Aston Villa have dismissed reports they have held talks with Leicester regarding a possible transfer of striker Emile Heskey to the Walkers Stadium.

The former England player made his initial reputation with the Foxes before signing for Liverpool a decade ago.

Now there has been speculation that a return to his first club is a possibility.

Villa caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald said: "I worked with Emile as a young boy at Leicester and I've got a lot of time for him.

"I've not had any talks with Leicester.

"I live quite close to Leicester so I know quite a few of the people there and there has been nothing at all.

"I think Emile Heskey is a very, very good footballer. You don't play as often as he did for England if you are not a good player."

MacDonald hinted that Heskey still has an important role to play at Villa.

He said: "In my opinion, he has been a top player for a long time. You don't play for Liverpool and win trophies if you are not a good player.

"Aston Villa need as many good players as they can and then to develop some other ones as well."