"It's a pity he is suspended because he's going through a very good spell," he said. "When he plays the way he's playing he's very important for us.
"Me, (technical director) Gianluca Nani and (chief executive) Scott Duxbury have a total understanding and are working together as a team.
"There's so much speculation but as far as I'm concerned he's our player. It's as simple as that.
"Now we have a match on Saturday and we have to focus on winning because if we don't it will cancel out what we did against Portsmouth."