The Celtic striker has been linked with a summer move to Leeds United.
The Norwegian boss said: “Of course he still has a future here. There is hard competition in the team but that’s how it is. We need the squad we have. I expect him to still be here once the transfer window closes but in football you never know.”
Whilst not ruling out a move for Stokes, Deila certainly sounds keen on keeping ahold of the 26-year-old forward.
Yesterday, it was reported by HITC Sport that Stokes was free to leave Parkhead this summer, and had a host of teams showing an interest in him. One of those sides was Leeds United, whilst Championship rivals Bolton and Hull were also keen.
Wigan Athletic are also referenced as a potential interested party, whilst MLS interest has been shrugged off as he wants to stay in Britain.
The forward started just 18 league games last term under Deila, and although the goalscoring department was one which proved troublesome last term, the head coach had his preferred options.
John Guidetti and Leigh Griffiths were selected regularly, and although Guidetti has left, Nadir Ciftci was signed from Dundee United to provide a consistent attacking threat.
This transfer means that Stokes is once again on the fringes of Deila’s plans, even if he has admitted that the forward still has a future at Parkhead past this summer.