Scott Brown has called on Celtic to pull out all the stops to convince Shunsuke Nakamura to stay at the club.
Nakamura last week claimed he had yet to make a final decision on his future, having previously seemed certain to return to his homeland when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign.
Brown is keen to see the Japanese star stay at Parkhead for at least another season, hailing the quality of the midfield playmaker.
"I hope he can be talked into staying for another season," said Brown.
"He is probably one of the fittest in our team and his natural ability is frightening.
"So we all hope Naka can stay and, with a wee bit of luck, the board can convince him to do that.
"You see him in training and games; he rarely gives the ball away and always keeps possession.
"He's also good on the ball. Naka is in the gym all the time and he's the last to leave after training.
"He is dedicated. Shunsuke is always hitting free-kicks and practising bits and bobs."