Cheltenham hope Luke Summerfield will stay with club
Cheltenham manager Mark Yates remains hopeful that Luke Summerfield will stay at the club, despite the midfielder's reluctance to sign a new deal.
Summerfield, 24, arrived at Whaddon Road on a one-year deal in August and played 51 games last season.
But Yates told BBC Gloucestershire: "He's not dismissed us."
He continued: "At the moment Luke is exercising his rights to see what's out there.
"He wants to play at the highest level he can and I understand that.
"We're still in with a shout. Hopefully we can agree something and he thinks Cheltenham is a suitable place to play."
Summerfield found himself without a club last summer after being released by Plymouth, where he started his career.
Since joining Cheltenham he has become an integral part of their midfield - starting 37 of his 41 League Two appearances - and helped them reach the play-off final, which they lost to Crewe.
He has since expressed his desire to play at a higher level, and Yates admits: "If we would have gone up I think it would have been sorted by now. But we haven't and he's got a decision to make.
"He was brilliant for us last season. We've offered him a deal which we think is decent but I don't think that's a deciding factor.
"It's not about money, it's a footballing decision."
Meanwhile, Yates has had no contact with Anthony Straker, despite the Aldershot defender being heavily linked with a move to Cheltenham.
The club are in the market for a new left-back for next season with Danny Andrew available on a free transfer, and Luke Garbutt having gone back to parent club Everton.
"I haven't spoken to Anthony or any of his advisors," Yates revealed.
"He's a player that's decent but he's not one I've spoken to at the moment. Whether that changes or not remains to be seen."