Sheffield Wednesday: Llera wants to stay with Owls

Miguel Llera says he has options
Miguel Llera says he has options

Miguel LLera has revealed that he wants to remain at Hillsborough but also has other options as his contract nears its end.

The defender says that he has yet to learn the Owls’ view on his future.

Wednesday will either release the 33-year-old or offer him a new contract.

He said on Twitter: “Thanks everybody for your support! I don’t know where I will play the next season! I have some very good options in this moment!

“Nobody from the club told me nothing about my future! I’d like to stay but depend to the club!”

Llera’s future first came under the spotlight during the January transfer window when his agent claimed that he could leave that month and other clubs were interested.

It was understood that Wednesday had been asked by the agent to open talks then on a new deal but did not think it was the right time to negotiate and pointed out that the centre half could go nowhere without their say-so because he was under contract until the summer.

Dave Jones suggested that the agent had jumped the gun, and the Owls boss said at the time: “Miguel should just get on with his job. In football you either play well to get a new contract or play well to get someone to come in for you.

“I haven’t got an issue with Miguel trying to get a new contract. It’s the way of the world.”

Wednesday were always going to take the defender’s age as well as his form into consideration when deciding on a new deal - he will be 34 in August.

The Owls put decisions on all out-of-contract players on hold until after the club knew which division they would be in next season.

Championship football was secured last Saturday.

Wednesday have yet to reveal their intentions on any of the players, but it was 10 days after last year’s final game before any announcement on players’ futures was made.

After a fight against relegation this season, the Owls will also be pondering what changes they might make to improve the squad.

Other players whose contracts run out this summer are Stephen Bywater, Nicky Weaver, Adam Davies, Julian Bennett, Lewis Buxton, Giles Coke, David Prutton and Jermaine Johnson.