McLeish wants Larsson to stay

The Swedish international is in the final year of his current deal

and negotiations over a new deal started more than a year ago. But

all attempts to persuade former Arsenal player Larsson to commit

his future to Blues have so far drawn a blank. McLeish said: “There

is nothing doing at the moment with Seb’s contract. “We were

hopeful we could get something done but it is up to Seb. He is now

in a good position for himself if he wants to become a Bosman. “But

we will keep trying to entice him.” Larsson has been back to his

best in recent games with his pinpoint crosses, although no-one

could take advantage during Saturday’s goalless draw with Wigan at

St Andrew’s. McLeish said: “I think he had a great game on

Saturday. His delivery from the wide area was great. “Seb doesn’t

have to beat a man. He can get the ball around an opponent with his

terrific curl on the ball. “We are just desperate for someone to

get on the end of those quality crosses.”