Daniel Arzani's contract 'not my really concern at the minute' - Warren Joyce
Melbourne City won't throw the kitchen sink at Daniel Arzani or beg the one of the A-League's best young talents to stay beyond his contract at season's end.
But based on the 19-year-old performances, over the last five weeks, he's likely to be attracting greater interest and commanding a higher fee.
Arzani has put together back-to-back best afield performances at AAMI Park, helping resuscitate Melbourne City's season.
When he came on as a 53rd minute substitute against Wellington earlier this month, City were a goal down to the league's bottom side after three losses in a row.
Two Arzani assists later, City were 2-1 winners.
He won the free kick and penalty that Ross McCormack converted in a 2-0 win the following week in Perth.
Against Adelaide United, Arzani was the livewire that got City's party started.
His mazy run before Marcin Budzinski's opener was typical of the "X-Factor talent" that coach Warren Joyce sees in him.
But that doesn't mean he's the finished product.
"He's certainly got talent ... qualities that can win games and create chances," Joyce said. "He's got a lot of bad habits.
"Sometimes that's not his fault, people have allowed him to get away with things.
"Over a period of time they become permanent. He's got a lot of things he's got to improve on."
Joyce believes Arzani can develop that talent at City -- but not at any cost.
"You want players that want to stay here and play here. You'd like to think that he thought there might be a pathway to his development by being involved in Melbourne City," he said.
"We're not begging him to come and stay here if he doesn't think we can help him develop his future ... and achieve his aims.
"It's got to be a two-way thing.
"If [players] they don't think that, they might as well not be here."
As for whether Arzani is likely to stay at the club, which signed the Sydneysider after stints with the NSW Institute of Sport and the AIS, Joyce said he didn't know.
"I've not really discussed it with him," Joyce said. "That's not my really concern at the minute. My concern is developing the things he needs to get better at."