He said: "He is someone I have grown to like. He is a good guy and a good professional.
"I am open-minded and I have an idea of how I want to play and maybe at the beginning he didn't feature but everyone has seen his contribution.
"He is a very good professional and has big qualities for this division and he is someone I would like to stay.
"I have had a chat with him about that and I would like him to stay but we have to look at it as a club. The club will do what they can do if the player wants to stay."