Owen Coyle relaxed on Johan Elmander contract talks


Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle believes there is every chance that Johan Elmander will extend his stay with the club.

The Sweden international's contract expires at the end of this season and, after struggling during his first two campaigns with the club, Elmander is enjoying a fine run of form of late.

After the striker had scored in Saturday's 3-2 win at Wolves, Coyle said:"He is in the last year of his contract and he is well within his rights to let that run its course if he so deems.

"But I speak to him every day on the training ground and we have a very good relationship. I'm comfortable with the situation and he keeps giving me everything he's got.

"We are delighted to have him and would I love to be able to say Johan has signed a new three-year contract? Absolutely. We haven't got to that stage yet but we will continue the dialogue.

"Yes he wants to stay, but footballers are strange characters in many ways. I've been there myself and sometimes, when you're in a run of form, you don't want too many distractions or to be talking about contracts. I can understand that.

"But the feedback I have is that he enjoys being here and, if he didn't, I don't think you would see this level of performance from him. I think that speaks for itself."

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