Ultimately, that particular decision will be made above his head and he was philosophical when asked about the possible consequences.
He said: "The answer isn't as simple as a 'yes' or a 'no'.
"The answer is here he is either going to be sold and we are going to have to replace him in the window that we have left, or he's going to stay.
"In both situations, I as the manager have to protect him and protect this football club more importantly, so the first thing on my agenda is the football club, trust me, and that will always come first while I am the manager here.
"It's an ongoing situation and like a lot of players in this transfer window, there are problems while it is open.
"I understand players' positions at times, and then there are other times I don't understand it.
"But the bottom line is with a world-class player, if they move on, it has to be world-class money."
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