Roberto Martinez expects Wigan Athletic to be able to agree a new contract with Victor Moses, but confirmed the issue is currently on hold.
Moses has enjoyed an impressive season for the Latics and is expected to be an influential figure in the club's battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The winger has been discussing a new deal at the DW Stadium for some time and Martinez admitted before Christmas that he was optimistic an agreement could be reached.
Queens Park Rangers were linked with a January move for Moses, but Martinez does not want to lose the former Crystal Palace youngster.
However, with Wigan fighting to stay in the top flight, Martinez has admitted all negotiations regarding the future of his squad are on the back-burner.
"He is a big asset for our football club," said Martinez after Moses shone in Saturday's 2-1 win at relegation rivals Bolton.
"He is only a young man but the manner in which he is taking responsibility and playing his football in the circumstances we are in shows how strong-minded he is.
"I know that the can go on to the next level but he probably needs another 40 or 50 games in the Premier League.
"He is capable of playing for any team. He understands how important he is for us and I'm sure we're going to be able to extend his contract.
"There have been some developments but, as you can imagine, the situation at the club is so important that every personal issue is going to be looked at after the next few weeks."