Derby County manager Nigel Clough is prepared to wait until the end of the season for Kris Commons to sign a new contract.
Commons' current deal at Pride Park expires next summer and talks are ongoing regarding an extension for the Scotland international.
The 27-year-old has scored 11 goals in the Championship this season and Clough is aware of Commons' importance to the Rams.
Clough also understands why the former Nottingham Forest midfielder wants to bide his time before reaching a decision, having previously suggested he would be happy to stay at the club.
"We are still talking to Kris," said Clough in the Derby Evening Telegraph. "We will keep the dialogue open and we are going to continue to do everything we can to persuade him to stay.
"Do I think he will stay? Not sure, it might go to the summer, which is fine.
"Kris is 27, so it is going to be a crucial contract for him and he is within his rights to say, 'listen, I am going to wait to see what is on offer in January maybe, or even in the summer'.
"We want to be in there bidding as much as we can because he is a very valuable player.
"We will not close the door. If it takes until May or June time to keep him, that's fine."