Liam Ridgewell believes that Mauro Zarate's development would benefit from another season at Birmingham.
The Argentine playmaker has notched four in his last four games for the Blues as they continue to battle bravely against the drop.
Currently on loan from Qatar-based Al-Sadd, Zarate's recent performances have unsurprisingly caught the eye of a number of top clubs.
However, with regular football on offer at St Andrews, Ridgewell is hoping that his young team-mate will resist the high-profile advances which are likely to come his way this summer.
"Coming off the bench he has been doing really well," said the Blues' stand-in skipper.
"He got his couple of starts against Reading and Manchester City and did really well.
"Hopefully he can keep banging in the goals towards the end of the season.
"Mauro is definitely doing everything possible to try and convince the club to keep him. He is showing what he can do. I hope he can stop here. He is a great player and we'd like to keep him.
"You can see when a great player is emerging. He has got a good touch and good skill and I am sure he will get even better.
"I think if he stays another year he would benefit from playing regular football. People like myself, and other people who have come to Birmingham, get better by doing that."