Hull City manager Mike Phelan has told The Mirror that he doesn't think winger Robert Snodgrass will be leaving the club in January.
Snodgrass, 29, has been Hull's star player so far this season, hitting five goals and two assists for the relegation-threatened Tigers, whilst he's also added two goals in the EFL Cup as well.
The Scottish international is certainly impressing at the KCOM Stadium, and is building on his strong numbers from last season having hit four goals and seven assists in Hull's promotion-winning campaign.
Hull City's Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring
Unfortunately for Hull, speculation now surrounds the former Leeds and Norwich star, as his performances as well as his contract situation appear to have attracted interest.
The Guardian reported earlier this week that Snodgrass has rejected a new long-term deal with the club, sparking interest from Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.
Hull City manager Mike Phelan
Hull did protect themselves against losing Snodgrass on a free transfer next summer by activating a one-year option on his contract, but rival interest may remain during the January transfer window.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce did tell the Birmingham Mail that he would like to sign Snodgrass, but doesn't think Hull will sell him in January, and Hull manager Mike Phelan has now offered his view on the situation.
Speaking to The Mirror, Phelan admitted that he would like Snodgrass to change his mind, but expects 100% from the winger, and doesn't think Hull will allow him to leave next month.
”Robert has given me no indication why he doesn’t want to sign a new deal, but I’ll be talking to him about how he sees his future,” said Phelan. “Of course, we would like him to change his mind and alter the current situation and we’ll keep working on it. At the moment, Robert is a Hull City player, and that’s the way I want it to stay.”
“But, certainly, for as long as he remains here, I know he will be willing to give 100 per cent for this football club. So as far as I’m concerned, he won’t be leaving the club in January – and I am fully expecting him to carry on producing his current rich vein of form,” he added.
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