Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders admitted he was surprised transfer deadline-day passed by without a bid for Sam Morsy.
Saunders spent much of Tuesday dreading a call from chief executive Chris Turner telling him a club had come in for the combative midfielder, who is into the final year of his contract.
Brighton and Preston were two Championship clubs contemplating making a late move but an offer never materialised and the only real interest in Morsy came earlier in the summer from MK Dons, who had offers of £150,000 and £300,000 turned down by the Spireites.
And Saunders now hopes to re-open talks with the 23-year-old about a new deal at the Proact Stadium.
He said: “We never got any calls for Sam. I thought we would, but we never.
“I was surprised no-one came in for him if I’m being honest, but then we could have had calls for seven or eight of them - they’re all playing that well.
“I was just hoping that Chris Turner’s name never came up on my phone, because that might have meant we’d had an offer.
“But we didn’t have any more offers for Sam and I’m a bit puzzled why not because of the way he’s been playing, but I’m also delighted he’s staying.
“We made him an offer to stay before and that’s something I will try to do again. I want him to sign a new contract with Chesterfield and that’s what I’ll be trying to get him to do.
“I’ve said to him that if he stays with us and continues to turn in these sorts of performances every week, someone is going to come in for you anyway.
“His contract is up in July so he’s in the driving seat, so we just have to make him and offer he’ll accept.’’
Should Saunders not be able to persuade Morsy to sign a new deal and the player runs down the remainder of his contract, he can leave on a free transfer and Chesterfield would not be entitled to any compensation for him next summer as his 24th birthday is next week.