John Lundstram has hinted that he could stay at Sheffield United beyond this season.
Lundstram is out of contract in the summer and talks over a new one have come to a halt after months of failed negotiations.
Often that would see a player cut adrift, but two key reasons means the midfielder remains an important figure for the Blades.
One of those is injury, with Sander Berge a long-term absentee. The other is form, with Lundstram continuing to impress as United battle against relegation.
The 26-year-old has been a mainstay during a recent upturn in results, starting their last seven matches in all competitions – of which the Blades have won five.
Now Lundstram has given some hope to those who would like him to stay at Bramall Lane beyond 2020/21.
“Everything’s still on the table. We’ll see what happens,” he told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“I’m here and while I am here, I’m committed. As you’ll see in my performances, I’m always 110 percent. No one could ever question my commitment.
“Who knows what will happen. But while I’m at the club I’ll always give everything.”
What might keep John Lundstram at Sheffield United
If the South Yorkshire club are to have any hope of Lundstram signing a new deal, they must first avoid relegation.
Which is big ask, despite their recent resurgence. Ahead of hosting Chelsea on Sunday, they remain bottom of the Premier League table and 11 points from safety.
Several top flight teams in England have been linked with Lundstram, while Rangers appear to be leading the way for his signature.
If the option is to remain in the Premier League or move to the likely Scottish champions – or play in the Championship – then he will probably choose the former.
The other issue is money, with Lundstram believed to want around £40,000-a-week. If United gave him this, he would become their highest paid player – with their current biggest earners on around £30,000-a-week.
Yet if they do pull off a shock and stay up, then they probably need to increase that in any case. And in Lundstram they could secure someone who already knows and largely excels in their system.