Coyle resigned to Elmander exit

Elmander, 29, is out of contract at the end of next month and will

almost certainly play his last game for the Trotters on Sunday

against Manchester City at the Reebok Stadium. Coyle is resigned to

losing the Sweden international, who has scored 12 goals in all

competitions this season after just 10 in the past two campaigns.

“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.” Gala claimed on their website

to have reached an “understanding in principle” with Elmander.