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Freeman Wants To Move On - Johnson

Lee Johnson admits the Luke Freeman situation is likely to come to a head before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

Out of contract in the summer, Freeman has been the subject of bids from another Sky Bet Championship club during the month of January.

Head coach Johnson has maintained throughout that he would prefer to keep Freeman, who had been offered new terms at Ashton Gate.

However, the contract on the table remains unsigned and attempts to include Freeman in the squad for the Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie at Burnley were thwarted, revealed the City chief.

"We wanted him to come along and be involved today but he made it clear he didn't want to be," Johnson said.

"He didn't feel he was mentally right to play and that tells a story in itself. It's disappointing because you want your best players to be available.

"He's made it clear he wants to move on and that one is still pending so we'll have to see what happens between now and Tuesday."

City signed Freeman from Stevenage in 2014 and he went on to become one of the stars of the double-winning team in that first season in BS3.

In total Freeman has played 121 times for the club, scoring ten times - his most recent being the stunner against Ipswich Town, his first goal at Ashton Gate.