Matty James is open to staying at Barnsley for the whole season and says a decision could be made next week.

The 29-year-old midfielder has impressed on loan from Premier League Leicester City this season, but the deal is due to expire in January.

Chief executive Dane Murphy told the Chronicle earlier in the season that the Foxes' decision on whether to keep him out on loan or bring him back into their squad would be vital.

James told the Chronicle: "Possibly it will be down to Leicester. We have not had conversations about it yet, with the games coming thick and fast. We don't want to focus on too much too soon. But we have a free week next week so hopefully we will get something sorted out."

James has been playing regular first team football for the first time in years after serious injury problems. He added: "For me, it's been a big step forward in my career and Barnsley have given me belief. I want to repay that on the field."

Head coach Valerien Ismael added: "We have three sides – Barnsley, Matty James and Leicester. Our focus is on the games. We will have a decision, but not today."