Ledesma hints at Saddlers stay
Emmanuel Ledesma has refused to rule out staying at Walsall - even if the Saddlers suffer relegation.
Last Updated: 23/04/11 12:54pm
Emmanuel Ledesma has refused to rule out staying at Walsall - even if the Saddlers suffer relegation to League Two.
The Argentinian midfielder signed a short-term deal in February after being released by Genoa so is out of contract at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old had put his future on hold to focus on Walsall's survival bid, scoring once in nine league games before being sent off in last week's 3-1 home defeat by promoted Brighton.
Ledesma can now offer little more during the run-in as he is suspended for three of Walsall's last four games, but he has confirmed he would consider extending his stay at the Banks's Stadium beyond the summer.
"This is a nice area and I enjoy playing for the team so I would be pleased to stay here - but first of all I am focused on helping the team stay up," he told the Express & Star.
"The coaching staff and my team-mates have done everything they can to help me settle and the fans have also been very welcoming.
"It's obviously strange for me coming to a different country but everyone has been very kind to me.
"From my point of view it is very disappointing to miss out on these matches - games which are going to be key to the club's survival."
Ledesma faced another relegation battle on loan at Salernitana during the 2008/09 season having spent the first half of the campaign on loan at QPR.
"I was in a similar situation with Salernitana and we managed to stay in Serie B so that gives me hope," he added.
Walsall go into Saturday's home game against Sheffield Wednesday two points from safety before visiting Oldham on Monday.