Owen Coyle expects Gary Cahill to stay at the Reebok Stadium throughout the January transfer window.
Cahill has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season and has been a revelation since joining Bolton two years ago. His recent performances earned him an England call-up in September, when he made his debut for the national side.
This form has alerted some of the country’s top clubs, with reigning champions Chelsea being the most recent side to have been linked with the 24-year-old centre-back.
However, Coyle has stressed he would like to keep his best players at the Reebok Stadium. To this end, he is also trying to persuade in-form forward Johan Elmander to sign a new deal.
Speaking in The Sunday Times, Coyle said:“The key is keeping the group I’ve got, but if somebody said, ‘Here’s £30million’, then it might be impossible.
“There’ll be a time some players outgrow Bolton. That’s a natural progression in football, there’s nothing wrong with that.
“If Gary continues to play out of his skin it wouldn’t surprise me if one of the elite clubs in England or Europe want him.
“But I don’t expect that to be in January.”