Tom Coughlin wants Victor Cruz to be part of the Giants for a long time and he “absolutely” believes that he will be.

That’s why Coughlin isn’t worried about the on-again, off-again contract talks between the Giants and their star receiver.

Cruz is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next week and they don’t appear close on a long-term extension.

Preaching patience, Coughlin said, “These things take time. Absolutely I think it’ll get done,” the coach added before signing copies of his new book “Earn the Right to Win” in Manhattan on Tuesday. “These things take time, as much as we’d all like them to happen now. It’s a process.”

That process could end up taking up to a year because Cruz isn’t scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent until March of 2014. On March 12, he will become a restricted free agent, and the Giants, according to a source, are likely to give him a “first-round tender” worth $2.879 million. That would essentially take the 26-year-old off the market for now since the Giants could then match any offer he receives and would be entitled to a first-round pick in compensation from the team that signs him.