Parker said: "I expect Gary to be here at the end of January, definitely.
"Would it be madness to leave now? Of course it would.
"We want to keep him. We are in Europe, the last 16 of the Champions League is coming up. I don't think any player would like to leave now.
"I don't know what his thoughts are but I think he will stay. I'm certainly hoping that.
"It's down to the manager and the people upstairs - but why would he want to leave when he has Champions League football?"