SWINDON TOWN: Bostock return unlikely as he fails to respond to Paolo's offer (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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SWINDON TOWN: Bostock return unlikely as he fails to respond to Paolo's offer
JOHN Bostock is unlikely to return to Swindon Town this month, according to Robins boss Paolo Di Canio.
Di Canio was keen to keep the 20-year-old, who has made nine appearances for Town this term, for the remainder of the season and asked Bostock to call him over the weekend if he wanted to remain at the County Ground beyond the end of his original loan, which expired on Monday.
The Italian has revealed he did not receive contact from the Tottenham man, however, and he therefore expects Bostock to find a different club.
“I told him to give me a call last Sunday after the Saturday game if he had the intention to remain because I would work on it, even if it was difficult,” he said.
“I don’t know if he tried to contact me but he didn’t contact anyone and that silence proves to me - because he has already said to me ‘gaffer, I know the situation, we’re playing very well at the moment and I can understand but for me it is important to find a place to find football’ because it is a crucial moment in his career.
“I said to him: ‘John, I can understand and it depends on you. If you really want to stay I don’t promise a place on the squad but I will try to do everything because I would like to keep you here. Let me know, but I can understand if you decide to go somewhere and play regular football because you’re young and it’s a crucial moment for you.
“It looks to me like he decided to go for another way.”
Meanwhile, Di Canio said he has not yet been taken up on his offer to invest his own money in the club by the Swindon board.
Last Saturday the Town boss said he would be happy to contribute up to £30,000 of his own cash in order to keep Danny Hollands and Chris Martin at the County Ground for the remainder of the season.
Though he has not had to stump up anything just yet, Di Canio said the offer still stands.
“I haven’t even spoken to the board. You know the situation, I don’t want to speak to anyone because it doesn’t mean anything. I work for my team,” he said.
“There is a man who works for it and I told him, because we have different scenarios at the moment, we want to be sure to maintain the promise for some players and extend the loans until the end of the season - for Chris and for Danny.
“Once we have put down the total of money that we need, if it is necessary, I will put down the money. I don’t mind about the money, I am ready to do this, but at the moment there is not even a question about transfers because we want to maintain this atmosphere.”