Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson has urged Phil Jagielka to wait on the outcome of next week's arbitration hearing before deciding whether to leave the Blades.
Jagielka, 24, has already told the newly-installed Blades boss that he wants to continue playing in the top-flight following their relegation from the Premier League.
But Robson believes the United captain should wait on the outcome of the hearing into whether West Ham United should have been docked points over the Carlos Tevez affair before making any final decision on his future.
The Blades still hope they will be reinstated to the Premier League at the June 18 panel hearing.
West Ham escaped with a record £5million fine rather than a points deduction despite being found guilty of breaching league rules concerning the signing of Tevez and Javier Mascherano last summer.
"Apart from Phil everyone is quite content to stay at the club," Robson told Sky Sports News.
"But Phil has got to be a litlle bit patient. He'd probably like to move and stay in the Premier League, but hopefully he will have a difficult decision to make next week when we're just hoping things go favourably for us.
"If we are reinstated there's a chance he could be playing here next year."