The future of Sander Berge as a Sheffield United player remains unclear.
Caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom has appeared to give fans hope that Berge is staying next season.
The midfielder has been strongly linked with an exit from Bramall Lane, with a host of Premier League clubs thought to be interested.
Yet ahead of Saturday’s win over Brighton & Hove Albion, Heckingbottom made a surprise claim.
“Sander hasn’t spoken about the future. If he is here, that will be out of my hands,” the 43-year-old told The Sheffield Star.
“But I’m expecting him (to remain with United), yes.
“He’s contracted to us, don’t forget that, and what a player he would be to help us get back.”
Could Berge stay at Sheffield United?
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have apparently been told to make bids for Berge.
Signed for £22m from Genk in January 2019, the Blades would now want far more to sell him.
In a recent report that claimed Manchester City were also keen on the Norway international, £35m was quoted.
If an offer such as that came in, it would be a surprise if United were to turn it down.
Plus, while Heckingbottom appears to suggest Berge might stay, his later comments were slightly more cryptic.
“It might not be up to us, what happens, and it might not even be up to him,” the Blades boss added.
Who “us” is referring to is unclear, but that could mean the management team do not have a say in Berge’s future.
It wouldn’t be wholly surprising if the board were to make decisions on player sales following relegation.
However, how the call would not be up to Berge himself is a little more confusing.