Sheffield United have had an approach to speak to Phil Parkinson rejected by Bradford City.
Bradford’s joint-chairman Mark Lawn told Press Association Sport: “It’s true we’ve been contacted by Sheffield United.
“They want to speak to Phil, but we’ve turned their request down. We’ve made it perfectly clear that we want Phil to stay.”
Parkinson has a year remaining on his deal at Valley Parade.
It has been reported that there is a clause in Parkinson’s contract with a release figure and that United have failed to trigger it.
When asked if Bradford’s board will open talks with Parkinson over a new deal, Lawn added: “That’s up to Phil.
“We’d be happy to do that. He has another year left on his contract and he knows we always look to negotiate new contracts at the end of their terms.”
Lawn refused to comment on whether Parkinson had a get-out clause in his deal that the Blades had failed to activate.
“I’m not willing to discuss the finer points of Phil’s deal,” he added.