Coyle Expecting Elmander Exit

  • May 20, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle expects record signing Johan Elmander to leave the club at the end of the season.

Elmander has been strongly linked with a move to Galatasaray in recent days, with the chairman of the Turkish giants claiming a deal was close to completion.

Coyle admits he has spoken to the player and no deal has been signed, but he expect the Sweden international to move on in the summer.

"Galatasaray have announced on their website they have agreed something with Johan," Coyle said.

"I have spoken to Johan and certainly nothing has been signed. That is not to say it won't be signed, maybe in the next couple of weeks but not before Sunday.

"Do I expect him to leave? In my heart of hearts, yes. These are the things you have to deal with as a manager. I am very comfortable with that.

"I have always felt and always known given the dialogue (chairman) Phil Gartside had with his representative they were probably looking for a new option.

"I personally wish Johan well if and when that comes about because he has worked ever so hard for me in training each and every day.

"When he has worn that shirt he has given me everything he has got in a number of positions and worked his socks off for the team. He is someone I have a very good relationship with."

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