Blues duo open talks
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Birmingham have held contract talks with Stephen Clemence and Olivier Tebily.Birmingham City have opened talks with Stephen Clemence and Olivier Tebily over new contracts.
Both players have 12 months left on their current deals, but manager Steve Bruce is keen to tie the midfielder and defender down.
"We have entered into talks with Olivier Tebily and Stephen Clemence over a new contract," said Bruce.
"It is our policy not to allow talks over a new deal to drag on into the final year of a contract if we want someone to stay - and I want these two to stay.
"Their respective agents will be talking with our managing director Karren Brady and I don't foresee any problems although these days nothing ever seems to get sorted straight away."
Bruce also confirmed that Birmingham are unlikely to try and sign on loan midfielder Salif Diao on a permanent basis.
Diao arrived on loan from Liverpool in January, but he has been dogged by injury and has been unable to make any sort of impact.
"Salif has been unfortunate. He's not been able to do himself justice because of injuries," said Bruce.
"He will probably go back to Liverpool and I think he needs a full season under his belt. We well then assess the situation once he is fully fit."