Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has said that he will not get involved in negotiations with Derby County over Chris Martin.
Martin has been an instrumental player in recent months as the Whites have surged up the table, netting eight goals in the league so far this season.
He went on strike prior to the abandoned Reading game and missed subsequent games against Brighton and Cardiff following the disagreement.
However, as GetWestLondon first revealed, he returned to the side against Barnsley and then marked his comeback by scoring a penalty and setting up Scott Malone with a raking pass as his side ran out 2-0 winners against Barnsley.
Asked if he would entertain an approach from Derby concerning the former Norwich City striker, Jokanovic was emphatic.
“The Chris Martin situation is over. He is a very important player for our squad. Right now he is focused on helping us. He is working well. We expect that he will score many goals this season.
“I would not be prepared to talk to Derby. We signed a contract at the end of August.
“Fifteen years I bought a house in Putney and then I sold it, so I was looking to rent. I can’t ask someone to give me back my home now, this is impossible. I signed some contract and this man gave me some money.
“That’s it. I don’t know how else I can explain it. This is country is famous for its contracts, everything in the paper is really clear.”
That hasn't deterred Derby boss Steve McClaren from openly courting his former charge.
"The situation is that we would like him back but it's not possible because there is no release clause in January and Fulham, quite rightly, want to keep him, because he is a damn good player and he's proven it," said McClaren.
"There are still two weeks (of the transfer window) to go but we just have to soldier on and Chrissy has to play for Fulham.
"Everybody knows what the intentions are, so you sit and wait, and while it's January, there's always hope.
"We still want Chrissy back and we'd take him back tomorrow but, unfortunately, it's out of my hands."