Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has revealed it would be hard for him to leave the Championship club, despite reported interest from Aston Villa.

Speaking to the Times, as cited on the Birmingham Mail, the Scottish midfielder confirmed that he was aware of the reports linking him with a move back to Villa.

When quizzed on the possibility of him leaving Wednesday, Bannan was very clear in his intention to stay put.

Villa-fan mates brought it to my attention. But while it’s better to be talked about than not, I honestly don’t know where it’s come from.

I’m a big believer in loyalty and when you’ve got a fanbase who love me as much as Wednesday’s, it’s hard to think about leaving. That love makes it easy to stay.

New Villa boss Dean Smith has been linked with a move to sign Bannan from Wednesday following the latter’s struggles in the Championship this season.

Bannan came through the ranks at Villa as a youngster after joining from Celtic.

After failing to break through at Villa Park he would finally leave for Crystal Palace in 2013 but has since settled at Sheffield Wednesday.

During his time at the club, Bannan has cemented himself as one of the more consistent Championship players, making it easy to see why Smith could be interested in signing him.