Clarke expects Olsson stay

West Brom boss points to defender's commitment in pre-season

Jonas Olsson: West Brom defender is expected to stay at The Hawthorns this season

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Steve Clarke is preparing for the new season with Jonas Olsson as part of his plans and says there is no indication the defender will leave West Bromwich Albion.

Olsson is in the final year of his contract at The Hawthorns and West Brom are hoping to persuade the Sweden international to sign an extension.

West Ham United had previously targeted a bid for the centre-half, while other clubs have been linked with an offer for Olsson.

However, with less than three weeks of the transfer window remaining, Baggies boss Clarke is optimistic Olsson will stay at the club.

Commitment

"There has been no indication that Jonas is going to leave us," said Clarke.

"Over the summer he's worked well, played games and played with his normal 100 per cent commitment.

"He's got a year left on his contract so he's not a free transfer so as far as we're concerned Jonas is under contract and will be with us next season.

"There is nothing that's happened over pre-season to change our mind on that."