Dave Artell has reiterated that Crewe Alexandra are not in a rush to sell their best players after turning down an offer from Blackburn for Harry Pickering.
Pickering has caught the eye with his performances from left-back in League One this season, where he has been a consistent threat going forward.
The 22-year-old has been linked with Stoke City – who are now hoping to bring in Rhys Norrington-Davies from Sheffield United – and was subject to a bid from Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers.
“There’s nothing much to say – they’ve made a bid for him and we’ve turned it down,” Crewe manager Artell told Radio Stoke’s Graham McGarry this morning.
“We don’t sell our players. People buy our players.
“We had an agent last week trying to sell one of them. Absolute idiot – ‘I’ll get this, I’ll get that…’
“No, it’s not for us to put a price tag on our players’ heads. Other people do that. They’ve got to value our players.
“We know their worth. We have a discussion and we go from there. It’s as simple as that.”
Pickering, from Chester, has come through the ranks at Reaseheath and has already made 144 appearances.
He was handed the captain’s armband last month too and Crewe insist any decision make will have his best interest at heart too.
Artell said: “I spoke to him yesterday. I said to him that the outlook is very bright. I said that first of all there are two or three weeks left of this window and there’s a possibility that you might not be here at some point.
“However, if you’re here, you’ve got another possibility in the summer to not be here and play at a higher level. In the meantime, if you’re still here, you’ll be playing good football with your mates with the possibility of trying to get higher.
“So that looks a very rosy outlook in my book and he goes, ‘I agree’.
“I said, ‘Just so you understand that we’ve got your best interests at heart, like we’ve had for the last 10 years.’
“It doesn’t change because someone’s put a bid in for one of our players. We’ve put 10 years – or eight, nine years, whatever it is – into Harry.
“We’re not going to throw that out of the window in one month. It doesn’t work like that. It’s the same with any of our players whether they’ve got a long time or a little time left on their contract.”