Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has revealed that there is ‘nothing close that he knows of’ regarding new contracts for the likes of Niclas Eliasson or Korey Smith.
BristolLive journalist Gregor MacGregor revealed the news on Twitter this morning after asking the question in Johnson’s pre-match press conference ahead of their home tie with West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
Asked Lee Johnson yesterday if anything was close regarding new contracts for the likes of Niclas Eliasson or Korey Smith: “No, nothing close that I know of” #BristolCity
— Gregor MacGregor (@GeeMacGee) February 20, 2020
There are several contracts that are set to run out at Ashton Gate this summer.
Captain and central midfielder Smith penned a new deal running until the summer back in November 2018 and young goalkeeper Joe Wollacott is set to see his contract run out in a few months.
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Winger Eliasson signed a three-year contract when joining the club in the summer of 2017 and Robins CEO Mark Ashton revealed in November that the club are likely to take up their 12-month option on the Sweden youth international.
Eliasson is reported to be interesting Premier League side Burnley after the Clarets were linked with a January deal.
Bristol City only have a few months to decide which players they aim to keep beyond the summer and offer them contracts.
Eliasson is vital to the Robins and they can’t afford to lose him on a free transfer while one of the goalkeepers could be kept on as a third-choice.
Williams and Smith will still feel as if they have something to offer the club next season if they were to be kept on.