Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar hopes the club will keep hold of Leighton Baines, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United.
Crunchsports.com understands Baines, who has been linked with the Red Devils for some time, remains their top defensive target, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson seeing him as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra, 31.
Ferguson recently confirmed he wants a new left-back signed before the start of the new Premier League season to provide cover and competition for the France international, although Everton are yet to receive a bid for the 27-year-old.
And Pienaar, who re-signed for Everton this week 18 months after leaving the club for Tottenham, hopes the Toffees will turn down any bids that are made before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
He told The Guardian: "It's not up to me. It's up to the club to keep their best players but hopefully he'll stay and so will the rest of the guys. It will be important for the team.
"We had a good understanding in the last couple of seasons so, if he stays, it will just make everyone happy as well because we know how important he is to the entire team.
"He can score goals from set pieces and it's not just me who benefits from playing alongside him. He's a vital player for the club - everyone knows it from the manager to the supporters. Let's hope and see if we can hold on to him."
He added: "Leighton texted me a few weeks ago asking me what was happening with me but I didn't ask him about his future.
"I know he's had some great seasons at the club and, if he does get the opportunity to move, I think everyone will respect it.
"But for the club it's important to keep your best players and we all want him to stay and he knows it. It's not in our hands, though."