Paul Lambert has shrugged off talk of a multi-million-pound takeover at Villa – and intends to discuss his and the club’s future with Randy Lerner at the end of this season.

Lerner’s failure to deny the club is for sale during a typically vague statement on Sunday was the clearest indication yet that the chairman wants out.

The Birmingham Mail understands negotiations with a potential buyer - a mystery American billionaire - have already taken place, although it is far from a done deal.

After a turbulent week, including the suspensions of close allies Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa, there are question marks over Lambert’s future in the Villa dugout regardless of who is running the club next season and the manager insists he is oblivious to rumours of an impending takeover.

“Randy doesn’t tell me everything at the football club,” said Lambert.

“We haven’t had that conversation. As for the takeover reports, you’re telling me, I haven’t seen them.

“It’s hard for me to comment on something I don’t know about.”

The identity of the potential buyer remains shrouded in mystery, although reports in the Sunday press claimed he was an existing contact of Lerner with sporting interests in the United States.

Asked how it would affect his position if a new owner did take control of Villa this summer, Lambert replied: “Listen, if a new guy comes in and doesn’t like you...

“It’s not something I’ve ever thought about it, I just want this club to stay in this league.

“I’ve not been a part of that.

“Randy will no doubt speak to me, but as far as I’m concerned, I want to be here.”

Despite the ownership issue rumbling on, Lambert intends to talk to Lerner about his future and possible transfer budgets at the end of the season.

Negotiations about a contract extension, as he nears the final year of his current deal, have been put on hold.