Jonas Olsson is desperate for West Bromwich Albion to keep hold of central defensive partner Gareth McAuley. Olsson admits his partnership with McAuley was a key factor in him signing a new contract earlier this season.

The Swedish international said: "It is vital to keep Gareth. We have formed a good partnership over the past couple of seasons.

"When I signed my new contract, one of the big reasons was that I enjoy playing alongside him so much.

"For me it is vital that we keep him."

He added: "Continuity has been important at Albion, keeping players.

"People like James Morrison, Graham Dorrans, Chris Brunt, Steven Reid and Youssouf Mulumbu have been here for a while now.

"That experience, and being able to keep those good players, have been a key factor.

"Albion haven't lost too many players they didn't want to lose."