Alex McLeish has confirmed that Aston Villa have offered a new contract to Brad Guzan, but appreciates that the keeper faces a dilemma.
The American shot-stopper will see his current deal with Villa expire at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old has spent the last four years with the Premier League outfit, but has struggled to find regular football throughout his time in the Midlands.
Brad Friedel and Shay Given have kept him out of the first team picture, restricting him to just eight top-flight outings.
Villa, though, were impressed by the level of his performance while covering for the injured Given in December and January and are keen to keep him on board.
McLeish hopes Guzan will agree to prolong his association with the club, but accepts that he may wish to try his luck elsewhere.
He said: "We will give Brad time. It depends on how long though. We have certainly made the offer and we respect that Brad needs time to mull it over.
"I understand the dilemma he is facing, yes, but at the same time it is not like he is second in command to Joe Hart who is only 24.
"Shay is 35 now and, when Brad has come in, he has proved himself to be a Premier League keeper. Now we know he is Premier League class.
"Brad probably realises that if Shay has a niggle or a problem, or we are going to do anything in the cup competitions, we are going to put him in."
Villa have already opened talks with defender Carlos Cuellar over a new contract after his recent impressive form.