Carlos Cuellar, Emile Heskey and Brad Guzan could have to wait until the summer to learn their fate with Aston Villa putting contract talks on hold.
The trio’s deals expire at the end of the season and it is not yet known which of them will be retained by the club.
Guzan has a provisional offer on the table, Cuellar’s representatives have held tentative talks, but no negotiations have started with Heskey.
The Spanish defender has indicated his desire to stay but the veteran striker and American goalkeeper are believed to be considering their options.
Manager Alex McLeish has decided to wait until the end of Villa’s Premier League campaign before deciding the futures of any of his players.
“The gaffer’s said he would rather put all these talks back until the season ends,” confirmed assistant boss Peter Grant.
“Alex has always been one of these guys who prefers to do his business at the end of the season. He knows the most important thing is Aston Villa Football Club winning games.
“His thinking is ‘I’d rather leave it as much as I possibly can’ and I think the players we’re working with understand that now.”
Grant insists the decision to delay contract talks is no reflection on the players’ ability.
But he stressed the club need to assess their finances and wage bill as a whole before handing out any new deals.
Villa are keen for their players to focus fully on the remaining nine games of the season rather than being distracted by contract talks.
“The gaffer doesn’t want people coming in and if they can’t agree something their heads go elsewhere because they think he doesn’t want them,” explained Grant.
“I think that’s why Alex made that point because he wouldn’t like anything like that to get in the road.
“The end of the season is when you do your business as a manager to try and bring people in. So if you’re not allowed to talk to other players, why talk to your own?
“That’s why he would rather leave it that way, so there’s a focus.
“Because no matter what happens it would come down to finance – if the manager wants to keep you and the cost is too much, it doesn’t mean the manager doesn’t fancy you as a footballer.
“Sometimes as a player you can think that, but it might be because he can’t keep you for that amount of money. You don’t want players to be worrying about that you just want them to be trying to get into your squad for the Saturday.”