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.