Aitor Karanka urges Birmingham to tie down Caolan Boyd-Munce or face losing him

Aitor Karanka wants Birmingham City's Caolan Boyd-Munce tied down to a new long-term contract.

Blues boss Karanka has warned his board to act quickly to prevent the attacking midfielder, 21, leaving at the end of the season.

Now club chiefs have followed Karanka's orders and offered fresh terms to convince the Northern Ireland U21 international to stay put.

Boyd-Munce is close to full fitness again after a thigh injury suffered in November when he admitted he is playing for his future.

He said at the time: "I know I need to be playing first team football at club level, so the next few months are important.

"I will be doing all I can to impress at Birmingham."

Boyd-Munce has just four months remaining on the current deal he penned in June 2019.

He may consider his options if Birmingham do not tie him down swiftly.

Karanka is a fan and gave the Belfast boy his first Championship start in November against Bournemouth and he also has four under-21 appearances for his country this season.

Boyd-Munce added: "I'm on the bench regularly and have come on at different times but to get that first start in the Championship at 20 years of age was fantastic."

Boyd-Munce has made nine appearances in total for the St Andrews club with eight off the bench.

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