Fleck in talks on City future; Fleck opens talks.
JOHN Fleck has met with manager Tony Mowbray to discuss his Coventry City future.
The Sky Blues midfielder is out of contract in the summer and looks set to see what options are available. But Mowbray says there will be a deal on the table if he wants to stay and the player insists he hasn't ruled out extending his stay at the Ricoh Arena.
It appears that the 24-year-old has outgrown the club which is facing another season in League One and is unlikely to be short of Championship suitors.
"John Fleck is one of our best players and probably most influential player who was like the oil in our passing machine earlier in the season who could play through and link the back to the front," said the City boss.
"Would we like to re-sign him? Of course we'd like to but he has an opportunity to explore the market now and I think he's well within his rights to go and do that.
"I think he's a very honest and hard working lad who has given everything he can for my period at this club.
"We have spoken at length with his advisors and if there's an opportunity elsewhere for him then we'll respect that totally.
"He's going to explore what's there and yet he's intimated that he's really enjoyed this last year or so.
"He has a family, responsibilities so let's see what's there for him. Let's see what the summer brings."
Asked if there's a deal on the table if he decides he want to extend his four-year spell at City, Mowbray said: "Of course.
"There are lots of things in the equation. Sometimes people don't want to uproot their family, don't want to sell a house to buy another one and settle somewhere else.
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"I don't see him as a lad who has had any agenda in the background. Everything is above board and our conversations are very honest. It's not as if he's sneaking away and we should all respect the fact that he's honoured his contract, worked really hard and let's see what his options are."
He added: "He's worked his socks off, been a very consistent performer and we have to respect that. He's not trying to nick out of a contract or holding us to ransom, he's just exploring what's out there which I think is right for him and his family. If he decides the best option is to stay here then we'll do our very best to find a contract that's worthy of him."
Fleck insists he hasn't ruled anything out yet, saying: "I spoke to the club last week and it's a case of getting things moving and see what happens in the next few weeks.
"I am not too sure what the manager's finances are for next season or what he's thinking but he'd certainly like to keep me and we'll try to work something out.
"It's still early doors; I've just had one meeting with the manager and Mark Venus and it went pretty well, so we'll see how it goes from there.
"We have had a decent team out there this season but maybe just fell short a little bit but it's been a good season compared to the last couple of years. Hopefully there will be another rebuilding job in the summer and I am sure the manager will bring in some more good players."
| John Fleck has been totally honest in his dealings with the Sky Blues, says manager Tony