Chris Hughton has urged Nathan Redmond to stay at Birmingham City as he believes it is the 'absolute best place' for the teenage winger to develop.
Redmond has made 12 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham this season and has particularly impressed in the Europa League.
The 17-year-old has been linked with a £6million move to Premier League leaders Manchester City, but Hughton wants the wide-man to stay at St Andrew's.
"Nathan is very much at the best place, very much," said Hughton in the Birmingham Mail.
"The nice bit is that any speculation about someone like Nathan is because he is a young developing player who has done well.
"But he also showed at Crystal Palace the other side. He's 17 years of age. He was up against a good, quick full-back in Nathaniel Clyne and he found it quite tough.
"That's where he is at the moment. He's a lad still developing. The absolute best place for him to develop is at Birmingham City.
"That's the best option for him to make progress."