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A-League boss to speak with Arnold

Uptight Central Coast coach Graham Arnold can expect a word from A-League boss Damien de Bohun as the Mariners coach sweats on the future of his in-demand stars.

But de Bohun doesn't expect the coach will want any sympathy despite the transfer window threatening to derail the A-League leaders' season.

Arnold would not blame the uncertainty surrounding the future of at least five of his players for a last-round meltdown that earned him a one-match sideline ban this week.

The Mariners drew 1-1 with Melbourne Victory last round, cutting their ladder lead over Adelaide United to two points as speculation swirled around Arnold's key players.

But de Bohun said he had no problem with the transfer window's effect on the A-League despite the Mariners' current plight.

"I am actually hoping to catch up with him (Arnold) in the next week to get a sense of where he is at," de Bohun told AAP on Tuesday.

"But coaches come into any season knowing that anything can change at any minute whether it be injury or transfer.

"There's no doubt it makes it more difficult but that's why Graham is held in such high esteem.

"It's a challenge for him but one I think he will embrace and respond to exceptionally well.

"I don't think he will be looking for any sympathy."

Arnold had admitted he faced a nervous time due to the question mark hovering over his players.

While Tomas Rogic is training with Scottish giants Celtic, he is also reportedly being courted by English and Spanish clubs with transfer offers of up to $700,000 being made for the youngster.

Fellow young gun Bernie Ibini flew out this week to trial with Belgian giants Club Brugge.

Then there is Mariners goalkeeper Mat Ryan who has been linked to Danish club Randers after his trial with Rangers fell through.

And Chinese Super League clubs are reportedly interested in John Hutchinson and Daniel McBreen.

Former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich had complained that too much work had gone into the A-League "to let Australian football be treated like a small colony for the rest of the world to pillage" during the transfer window.

But de Bohun said losing young talent overseas was "not a concern".

"We are producing outstanding young footballers. If that means some of them choose to play overseas at different times all power to them," he said.

"It is the reality of the market that we are working in.

"If Tom (Rogic) goes to Celtic as reported then there is another breed of players coming through.

"And seeing that (Rogic link with Celtic) makes kids want to pursue football.

"I don't think that is a bad thing for football in this country."

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