Belfast Telegraph

Coyle relaxed over Elmander future

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has every faith Johan Elmander will not leave him in the dark regarding his future.

Elmander is out of contract and available on a free transfer in the summer, which has alerted many clubs, after he rejected a 12-month extension to his deal in October.

Coyle said: "I want Johan to stay, of course I do, but I understand as well he is a top player who is out of contract in the summer, so he is well within his rights to decide what his options are."

Chairman Phil Gartside is apparently due to speak with Elmander's agent, Anders Wallstein, at some stage within the next fortnight in the hope of brokering a deal.

If not, it is likely Elmander will have his pick of clubs, with Hoffenheim the latest this week to be linked.

"I'm surprised it's only the one club he has been linked with this week," said Coyle. "But I don't get too caught up in it. It doesn't make any difference to me.

"The bottom line is Johan is my player until the end of the season, and he will give me everything he has got for each and every game, as he always has done.

"He is such a terrific player and a great guy to work with, and come the end of the season when a decision is made, whatever happens I'll be very comfortable with it.

"There might be something there Johan feels is the right challenge for him and his family, or an environment he wants to live in, and ultimately that is up to him.

"What I do know is that as and when that decision comes about he will come and tell me because of the relationship we have."

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