Wolves extended their lead at the summit to 11 points despite being forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at plucky 10-man Preston North End.
"I hope he stays here", said Bruce.
According to reports both Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah could be out for the game against Fulham due to injury. Last time out we managed to beat them 2-1 at Villa Park, however that was during Fulham's poor start to the season.
The Cottagers will need to improve on those performances if they are to get the better of red hot Villa on Saturday afternoon.
The challenge for manager Steve Bruce has been maintaining on-pitch consistency while facing personal trauma following the death of his father, Joe, last week and his mother, Sheenagh, being taken ill at the beginning of the month. So being able to back the away team at [3.7] to win makes stacks more appeal than Fulham at [2.22].
However, this is something that is not controlled by Bruce, who think that the player himself will have the final say regarding his own future.
And with the Bees desperate to win to keep their fading hopes of reaching the play-offs alive, and with Sunderland having the second worst defensive record in the Championship, then don't be surprised if this game contains at least four goals.