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Pearson calm on new contracts

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has played down the contract situation involving a number of players at the club.

Pearson has 10 first-team squad members who are set to be out of contract at the end of the season and the Sky Bet Championship leaders have yet to open talks with any of them over new deals.

Captain Wes Morgan, one of the players affected, fears other clubs will attempt to lure some of City's best players away. But Pearson insists it is out of his hands and that he does not see what the big issue is.

"Whether it worries me or not, I have no control over the situation," Pearson told the Leicester Mercury. "I will continue to stress the importance of us being in a very good position (in the league).

"It is very much in our hands what happens between now and the end of the season.

"We cannot talk about what-ifs regarding contracts, they expire and players get sold. I don't see what the big issue is.

"If we do well, I'd like to think things will take care of themselves in a positive manner.

"Unfortunately, what we can't do is avoid people asking us questions about players being out of contract. Across the board, clubs are more reluctant, especially with financial fair play, to extend contracts early.

"This season is a bit different to others so far. Some clubs have disclosed their financial figures and it does not make easy reading.

"Clubs will have to look at their strategies moving forward and, whether we like it or not, we are not immune from that. We are trying hard to come into line with that.

"As a manager, of course, I'd like all my players to be settled, but I also expect them as professionals to get on with their job and, hopefully, the situation will be resolved.

"But I can't do much about it so I won't spend too much of my time wasting energy on dealing with something I have no control of. The players will be talking about it - but they will be at a number of clubs."

Kasper Schmeichel, David Nugent, Lloyd Dyer, Sean St Ledger, Marcin Wasilewski, Paul Konchesky, Zak Whitbread, Martyn Waghorn and Gary Taylor-Fletcher, along with Morgan, are into the final few months of their current contracts.