SEAN Dyche insists he has heard “nothing” about any Aston Villa interest in striker Jay Rodriguez.

The Burnley frontman is reportedly a target for Villa who have seen big-money signing Wesley ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury picked up at Turf Moor on New Year’s Day.

The Clarets have no interest in selling a player who has scored six goals since returning to his hometown club last summer and Dyche rebuffed any talk of the 30-year-old’s stint at Turf Moor being a brief one.

“I’ve heard nothing of the sort,” he said at his press conference ahead of the trip to Chelsea.

Rodriguez was set to be a likely starter at Stamford Bridge after scoring twice in the FA Cup win over Peterborough.

Ashley Barnes is also set to see a specialist over his troublesome groin injury meaning he is almost certain not to partner Chris Wood against Frank Lampard’s side.

But Rodriguez, and Phil Bardsley, have both been struggling with illness since Monday and were still away from training on Thursday.

Despite only seven of his 23 appearances this season coming as a starter, Dyche has been impressed with Rodriguez’s impact since paying £10 million to bring him back to East Lancashire.

“He’s been knocking on the door figuratively speaking all season,” the Clarets boss said.

“He’s been around it, he’s been active, he’s scored a few goals for us, we like what he’s about.

“We’ll see how he comes through his illness. He’s going well and I thought he connected well with the team and with Woody against Peterborough.

“I appreciate they are not a Premier League side but you’ve still got to perform, you’ve still got to win games.

“We’re definitely looking for him to continue to play his part and grow with the team.”