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Sebastian Larsson future concerns Alex McLeish

Sebastian Larsson
Larsson has two goals in his last three games

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is worried about Sebastian Larsson's failure to sign a new contract with the club.

The 25-year-old midfielder's deal runs out in the summer and he can talk to other foreign clubs from January.

"Seb can only talk to European clubs. He can't talk to anybody in the UK but we're not daft and we know how football works," said McLeish.

"It's a concern because, if we've not done anything about it, then Seb has decisions to make."

McLeish's concern is heightened as the Swedish international is one of Birmingham's best performers so far this season.


The ex-Arsenal player has made 18 appearances for the Midlands club this season and scored twice, with his goals coming in the draw at Fulham and the 2-1 League Cup quarter-final win over Aston Villa.

"Yes, we want to keep Seb," added McLeish. "He's certainly been one of the stars performance-wise this season.

"I think he's taken his game to a new level. Whether that's because his contract is nearly out I don't know.

"Sometimes you see that with players in the last year of their contract.

"Seb is an international now and is a regular in the Sweden team, whereas maybe he was a bit part player over the last couple of seasons.

"Maybe that was because he wasn't on top form the last couple of seasons, but he certainly is now.

"He is one of the first picks in our team and it's up to every player to maintain that kind of level."

McLeish will raise Larsson's situation with the Blues board and also plans to discuss the future of striker Garry O'Connor.

The Scotland international's six-month contract, signed last summer, ends this month.

McLeish said: "I'm meeting with the board. That will be one of the subjects on the agenda."

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