Gary Johnson hopes George Boyd will play for Peterborough United again and doubts the winger will join Nottingham Forest on a permanent basis.
Boyd linked up with Forest on loan in early March, but the 24-year-old has only made five appearances for Billy Davies' promotion hopefuls.
Since his move to the City Ground, Peterborough have been relegated from the Championship and that has led to suggestions that Boyd will not return to London Road in the summer.
However, new Posh boss Johnson wants the former Stevenage man to be part of his plans next season and is not expecting a bid from Forest.
"There's every chance he could return," said Johnson. "He already knows I'd like him to stay.
"The supporters would like him to stay. It's a shame that he's gone up there and not played too many games."
Johnson added: "He has a year remaining on his contract here, but if he goes anywhere, I personally can't see it being Forest."