The 23 year old midfielder has one year remaining on his current contract and is thought to be mulling over a new deal.
"I've already spoken to him twice and he's done very well," said Di Canio.
"He is a genuine guy with a fantastic attitude. Also he's got quality too.
"He has to make clear what he wants to do in the future because if one player has it in his brain to leave, it is difficult."