The Spaniard, who kept the club in the Premier League thanks to a four-game unbeaten run at the end of the season, has spoken to Villa officials who are on the look-out for a successor to Gerard Houllier, who stood down earlier this month for health reasons. Latics chairman Dave Whelan confirmed Villa had approached him but expects the 37-year-old to remain at Wigan. He told the Daily Telegraph: "Aston Villa have acted above board and in a totally professional manner. "They wrote to me asking for permission to speak to Roberto. He was on holiday at the time and I granted Villa permission. "He arrived back yesterday and I presume he has spoken to Villa. I have made it clear to him I will be extending his contract. "I have never let him down on anything and he has never let me down. I know I can never say never in football, but I would be very surprised if he is Aston Villa's new manager."