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Birmingham suspend contract talks for Nafti, Taylor

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish will postpone contract talks with midfielder Mehdi Nafti and goalkeeper Maik Taylor to fully focus on the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

The duo are out of contract in the summer, although it is understood there is a 12-month option on Nafti's current deal which could be exercised.

McLeish is aware of the need to sort out the future of the pair but admits staying in the top flight is his number one priority.

McLeish said: "Mehdi's contract talks have not been on my mind particularly but it was agreed before he went away to play in the African Nations Cup that we would meet when he got back.

"We would like Mehdi to stay and be part of the squad. It's something that has to be organised and I'm sure his agent will lock horns with (managing director) Karren Brady and the club.

"It's the same scenario with Maik Taylor's contract. But I really want to get some points on the board before we sit down to talk again.

"I would rather people focused on the prestige of being in the Premier League rather than money and the personal side of the game. But I know it has to be done and Mehdi's contract will be dealt with."

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