Nigel Pearson has admitted he wants to keep Robert Huth at Leicester as he hailed the defender's efforts in their survival bid.
The on-loan Stoke man has been at the King Power Stadium since February and has helped the Foxes to the brink of safety in the Barclays Premier League.
Huth, 30, has made 12 appearances for Leicester who are three points above the drop zone with two games left.
He has a year left on his contract at the Britannia Stadium but Foxes manager Pearson wants to keep the former Germany international at Leicester.
"Basically the answer was yes," he said, when asked if he was eager to sign Huth permanently.
"I've not spoken to Mark (Hughes, Stoke boss) about that and it's not right for me to talk in the public domain without the relevant parties being involved in that conversation. Certainly he has done very well for us, I think you can get an answer from that.
"I don't want to get into that sort of discussion when, firstly, I've not spoken to his parent club Stoke.
"I'm really pleased that we were able to bring him in when he did. He didn't play so much early on and he hasn't played an awful lot of football this season but his experience has been very valuable for us.
"I think his performances have been excellent for us. It's difficult to quantify and I'm loathed to single people out. Having said that, I am more than happy to acknowledge his considerable contribution."
Leicester go to Sunderland on Saturday knowing victory would go a long way towards guaranteeing their top-flight status.
They would become just the third team to beat the drop having been bottom at Christmas, after Sunderland and West Brom.
But Leicester will have to do it without Matty James with the midfielder set for a knee operation after damaging his anterior cruciate knee ligament in the 2-0 win over Southampton last week.
Pearson said: "When you suffer an injury you know will keep you out for a while I think one of the hardest things is firstly to come to terms with the fact you are going to be missing for a while
"He is also very determined now to make sure he is available at the earliest opportunity."
Meanwhile, Pearson has played down talk of an England call up for Jamie Vardy after Roy Hodgson watched the Foxes' victory over Southampton.
He added: "I think when national managers are present at games, there is going to be speculation as to who they're there to watch but ultimately, as far as I am concerned, Jamie Vardy has continued to develop exceptionally well for us.
"The last time this question came up was when we played Manchester United at home and we sort of fell off the map for a bit didn't we?"