Mowbray wants clarity on Gera
Baggies need to know where they stand
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: April 23, 2008 3:51pm
Gera: Keeping options open
West Brom boss Tony Mowbray is hoping that Zolton Gera's transfer saga will be resolved before the summer.
The Hungarian winger will be out of contract at the Hawthorns come the end of the season, and he is yet to agree a new deal.
It is understood that Gera is biding his time in order to establish which division the Baggies will be in next seasons, as well as giving himself the opportunity to weigh up any potential offers from elsewhere.
Mowbray accepts that the player will be keen to keep all his options open, but is conscious that the issue could rumble on into the time dedicated for his summer rebuilding plans.
"It's down to his advisors but I would suggest that there is a natural course in which things will happen," he told the Birmingham Mail.
"At the moment I think Zoltan is waiting to see what suitors are out there and he is well within his rights to do that.
"It seems to be the prudent thing to do. For all we know Real Madrid might be around the corner waiting for him.
"That's a bit of a flippant comment but I don't know who is out there and neither does he so while there is an opportunity out there to look at options why commit yourself to something?
"I'm pretty sure that's what's happening but that can't go on for too long because our football club, as soon as we know what we're doing, need to prepare for next season and if that means finding somebody to fill Zoltan's position we need to get moving on it very quickly.
"A decision will be sought pretty soon."
Gera has certainly not allowed the uncertainty surrounding his future affect his performances on the pitch as he has been in fine form during the Baggies' climb to the top of the Championship.
Mowbray admits that his playmaker has remained focused at all times this season, and is delighted by the consistency he has shown.
"It's a great credit to Zoltan that his application is very evident for everyone to see," said Mowbray.
"He doesn't look like a player with an uncertain future, he looks like a player who's driven to get promotion for this club.
"His performance levels, his work ethic and quality are there for all to see, to the point of pushing himself beyond the limit at times.
"We've had a few words with each other and in the first-half on Saturday (against Norwich) we tried to drive more out of him yet he was almost on his knees, but he kept going and ultimately scored a great goal."