“We are looking at all of those, they will be dealt with in order of priority. Alessandro is a great player and he has been in excellent form for us,” he said.
“We have a process, and we will work through that. There are a number of issues that are still up in the air regarding the salary cap and we need to learn about that before we can progress more.”
Diamanti would prefer to remain with the club. He and his family – he has three young children – are keen to extend their stay in Australia.
There is no doubt that if United are not intent on retaining his services there would be plenty of other A-League teams keen to offer him a deal.
Diamanti, the former Italian international, has led Western United to third on the table in their debut A-League season, with a tilt at the title not out of the question. He signed a one-year deal to be one of United’s marquee players, alongside another former Serie A veteran, Greek international Panagiotis Kone.
Despite his age, the 36-year-old is at the top level of fitness, having played every minute of Western’s 10 games this season, scoring onceand chiming in with three assists, the latest of which was a centimetre-perfect cross from the right into the path of left wing-back Connor Pain, which allowed the latter to open the scoring in Brisbane in a 2-0 win last Friday night.
Mark Rudan, Western’s coach, said Diamanti was an excellent professional.
“I have enjoyed working with him and like any coach I would like to continue working with such a good player,” he said.