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Coyle calm over Elmander interest
25 Nov 2010 - 15:47:37
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is confident that in-form striker Johan Elmander will only leave the club if an offer from a much bigger club comes in.
The 29-year-old Sweden international has already scored eight Premier League goals this term and is out of contract at the end of the campaign.
However, Coyle is hopeful that the Trotters can agree a new deal with Elmander and convince him to stay put.
He commented: "If players are playing well it is only natural bigger clubs will cast an eye on them. That is the nature of football and I am relaxed about it.
"Until those bids come in, it is all hypothetical. When they do we will give them respect and make a decision.
"I do not get caught up in it too much and beat myself up. Johan knows that.
"If it was a club of a similar size to Bolton I believe he would stay here. If an elite club came in Johan would be crazy not to think about it.
"I have no problems with that. Johan is well within his rights to do what is right for himself and his family. What I will do game by game is try to get the best out of him.
"Johan has been terrific from day one and if they decide they want it to run its course into January, then so be it."