Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill wants Hermann Hreidarsson to stay with the club.
The 36-year-old's agent revealed to skysports.com that he is yet to sign a contract with the South Coast club and he could soon leave.
But Cotterill has insisted that he wants the experienced Icelander to remain at Fratton Park.
"Hermann has been looked after as he recovers from injury and we want a player of his quality here," Cotterill said.
Cotterill, meanwhile, has challenged John Utaka to become a force for the club.
"John's attitude hasn't been the problem since the minute I walked through the door. He's been fine," he said.
"With John, maybe, maybe the penny is dropping now that he has to work a bit harder. But he's been as good as gold. I've had no problem with John.
"The only problem I've had with him is him being late back from the World Cup like all of the others.
"At the end of the day, he can do things that we see in training every day. It would be nice for our fans just to be able to see that from him.
"He's quite a shy man. I know that sometimes because he has that laid-back African side to him, us English can't understand it.
"We're always living on a knife-edge. He's just a bit more relaxed. That's the way he is. That's his culture.
"You can't change that in him but sometimes you just want him to be a bit livelier and show the fans what he has got - because he has got it all in his locker. He's strong and he's quick. He's got the lot."