Stuart Holden insists he is comfortable with his current contract situation and is focused on playing more games for Bolton.
After appearances in the Manchester Senior Cup and FA Cup, Holden's outing against Peterborough United on Tuesday night marked his first league game since March 2011.
Wanderers supporters are keen to see the United States international remain at the Reebok Stadium and Holden admits talks are on hold while he aims to prove his long-term fitness.
"We've spoken briefly about it and decided that the most important thing was me playing football," Holden told The Bolton News.
"Each side is happy with the situation. It isn't the case where one side is stressed.
"The main focus for me is to play football. I need to build on my performance and there are obviously a lot of things I can improve on and ways I feel I could have contributed but that is only going to come with playing more games, so hopefully that comes for me."
Although Holden's on-field time has been limited since the arrival of Dougie Freedman in October, the Wanderers boss says the player is one he would like to keep around the club.
"It's a hard one for Stuart because we want him to be here," Freedman said. "I have told him that. I want him to stay longer.
"I want to give him a new contract, but it's a difficult position for the club, where we are right now. We had to focus on where the club is at.
"The fans deserved better than languishing at the bottom, but we are moving up now so I have got to start looking at a few people for next year.
"Against Peterborough he got good game time. (He showed) A brilliant attitude about fighting for the team. You want people like that here."
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