The ongoing contract saga involving key Villa defenders Olof Mellberg and Martin Laursen is still to be resolved.
Swedish right-back Mellberg is already being linked with a possible move to Italian side Juventus while Danish centre-half Laursen is understood to be more than happy to stay at Villa Park where he isenjoying his best season so far under manager Martin O'Neill.
But the Villa boss remained unfazed last night as he confirmed talks between the club and out-of-favour striker Luke Moore had broken down.
Laursen and Mellberg, along with left-back Frederick Bouma, are out of contract in the summer while Villa have just activated an option to extend Moore's contract for a further year which would keep him at he club until June 2009.
Moore has now said he is not prepared to sign a new deal but the Villa manager appears in no rush to resolve the contract issues, insisting all the talking will start soon.
O'Neill said: "Talks are scheduled with the parties in the not too distant future. Olof hasn't said anything to me about a move to Italy and I am meeting Martin Laursen's agent soon.
"With Luke we couldn't agree the contract and so the club were within their rights to take up the option to extend his stay for a year.
"Now lots of things can happen so I am not getting too worried or too disappointed. When players are not getting in the side then obviously they are not at their happiest which you would expect. I don't view it as anything more than that at this stage."
O'Neill said he rated Moore - one of the young players to break through the Villa Academy - but said he needed to see some consistency in his game.
He said: "From my point of view Luke was in the team when I started but then had a shoulder injury which left him out for three or four months.
"He has then played a number of games this season but he has to be up for it and maintain his form. I thought he played excellently against Chelsea but you have to maintain that and be consistent.
"Gabby (Agbonlahor) has been able to do that this season. The second season syndrome has not applied yet to Gabby. Players can always come back and get another chance so we will see."
O'Neill said talks with Dutch International Bouma were also due to start soon and that he was another player where the club had an option to extend his current deal.
"I haven't spoke to Freddie yet but I intend to speak to him soon."
If the contracts are not wrapped up soon the players would be eligible to sign pre-contract agreements with other clubs next month which could decimate O'Neill's already paper-thin squad.