Date:Friday April 16 2010
Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton has told the Evening Post that the club rejected his request to start talks over a new contract at the Liberty Stadium.
Britton's future with the Swans has been in doubt for the last few months after he himself decided to wait until the end of the season to decide his future, rather than entering fresh contract discussions at the beginning of the season.
Former manager Roberto Martinez showed an interest in Britton right at the end of the January transfer window but the Wigan Athletic boss failed in his attempts to sign him.
Huw Jenkins recently told the press that all contract talks have been shelved until the season is over.
'We did try to speak in March,'
'We asked if the chairman wanted to sit down and talk, but he wanted to leave it until the summer because of the games we had coming up.
'We may have come to an agreement or maybe we wouldn't have agreed and that would have been be final — I'm not sure what would have happened.
'I can understand why he said what he said because we have a busy end to the season. The club wants to focus on winning promotion.
'I do wonder on occasions what is going to happen. Being uncertain of your future is not great.
'There has only been one other time this happened. It was under Kenny Jackett, and it was out of my hands.
'There are times when it bothers me, but things have been put off until the summer — the chairman wants to do that — so we'll leave it until then.'
Britton said he came close to joining Wigan in January, and he also adds that he could be playing his final few games for the club:
'After January I was happy because there was uncertainty over whether I was going or not,'
'You have to be professional and concentrate on Swansea, but it is only natural for it to come as a distraction.
'Right up until the last day (of the window), there was contact from Wigan at around 3.30pm, and I didn't know if I was going there or not.
'It was a nice relief to know I'd be here until at least the end of the season.'
Date:Friday April 16 2010
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