David Nugent has been told by Steve Cotterill: Remember what we’ve done for you.
The Pompey boss has still heard nothing about Nugent’s future, with his Fratton Park contract up in the summer.
The Blues boss has already aired his concerns about keeping the scouser at Fratton Park, with no word from his agent after initial talks began in December.
The fear is Nugent could walk away for nothing after arriving from Preston for £6m in 2007.
Cotterill has helped nurture the 25-year-old back to form this season.
He has grabbed 11 goals so far this campaign, with his confidence restored.
That is a long way from the forlorn figure he was under previous bosses.
His form will ensure there are suitors for his signature.
Nugent was heavily linked with a deadline day move to Ian Holloway’s Blackpool in August but no switch materialised.
Cotterill hopes the striker will appreciate the strides he has made this season and will stay put as Pompey move forward.
He said: ‘Nothing has changed with Nuge as far as I know.
‘I think his agent wants to sit on that until the end of the season.
‘Nuge’s position won’t get any stronger between now and the end of the season than it already is at this club.
‘If he scores another five goals, it won’t make any difference in putting him in a stronger position.
‘It might put him in a stronger position elsewhere, though.
‘We already like the kid and we know his worth. He won’t get to a stronger position with us.
‘Hopefully, he will remember what we’ve done for him. I haven’t spoken to the agent myself. I think David Lampitt will speak to him.’