Coventry City manager Micky Adams has warned midfielder Michael Doyle that he will not be held to ransom over a new contract.
The 24-year-old's existing deal expires in the summer and a string of good performances in City's thrust up the Championship table have given Doyle a strong bargaining chip in any likely negotiations.
But even though he expects other clubs to be interested in the Irishman, Adams will not be pushed into agreeing a deal that is not good for the club.
"We have allowed his contract to run without discussing an extension, and he has now, perhaps, got the upper hand," Adams admitted.
"But what would he want to leave here for? Where would he go? People want to stay at this football club for all the right reasons now. I don't think they did before.
"If I was to look at the clubs that he could possibly join, I don't think there would be any better than what we have got.
"I am not going to be held to ransom by anybody. We have had that before but it won't happen at this club any more. We don't do that now."
Meanwhile Coventry's Andy Gooding has been included in the England Under 18 squad for next month's friendly clash with Slovenia.
The Coventry-born player came on as a late substitute in England Under-18s last outing in Turkey, a game Brian Eastick's men lost 1-0.