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Jon Whitney clinging on to Walsall star Rico Henry

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Walsall boss Jon Whitney has reiterated his desire to keep hold of his prize asset Rico Henry.

The talented left-back is known to be interesting a host of clubs in the Premier League and Championship following his starring displays for the Saddlers.

On Monday, reports emerged Bristol City were ready to bid for the 18-year-old who is believed to command a £2million fee.

Those rumours were quickly quashed, but Whitney is expecting more interest in the youngster before the transfer window closes.

He said: "I get phone calls every week from people asking about Rico because he is such a talent.

"He is always being linked but Rico just takes it in his stride.

"We take everything with a pinch of salt."

Whitney is aware that Henry will become even more sought after as the window edges shut.

"Of course there will be interest because the window is closing," he said.

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"Teams will now be aware of where they are short and I'm sure a lot of them would like Rico.

"But he's mine, so unlucky!

"We want to keep him.

"So unless somebody comes in and pays what he is worth – he will continue to be my player."

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Meanwhile, Whitney revealed he is doing some one-to-one work with Belgian player Franck Moussa to improve the midfielders fitness.

Moussa was left out of the squad for Tuesday's League Cup clash with Yeovil.

And Whitney said the 27-year-old still has a little bit of catch-up work to do after signing for the Saddlers late in the pre-season.

"I spoke to Franck after the Wimbledon game and said to him he's a little bit behind the rest of the lads in terms of fitness," Whitney added.

"He wanted to play but I worked him on Monday for a 90-minute session and I worked him on the day of the Yeovil game for a 90-minute session.

"Giving him a 20-minute stint in a game would be no good for him. It's not going to fast-track him.

"He needs some intense sessions so I have been doing some individual work with Franck to sharpen him up.

"He worked really hard so we can push him through for the weekend."

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