The Bosnian is highly rated around Europe and reports in recent weeks have linked him with a high-profile move to the Bernabeu.

But Hughes has dismissed the speculation, although admits he may find it tough to keep hold of his no.1 amid growing interest from Champions League sides.

‘I’m not sure where the story originates from, but certainly there has been no contact between the clubs,’ he said.

‘But it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a modicum of truth in it — that top teams are looking at Asmir — because he is an outstanding goalkeeper.

‘We are certainly not encouraging it. Asmir is a huge part of what we are trying to do here.

‘We are very fortunate that he is here and contracted to us. In that regard we have a position of strength.