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CARLTON insists it was willing to trade wantaway star Bryce Gibbs to Adelaide for "the right price", but is now confident Gibbs will see out the final three years of his contract.

The Crows were seething when they couldn't reach agreement with the Blues on a deal for Gibbs on the final day of the NAB AFL Trade Period on Thursday.

The Crows claimed the Blues were "unrealistic" in asking for two first-round draft picks or a combination of senior players as compensation for the 27-year-old who has played 209 games.

"We obviously value Bryce more highly than they do," Carlton's general manager of football Andrew McKay told radio station SEN on Friday morning.

"It wasn't a matter of us mucking them around at all, we were prepared to let Bryce go for the right price."

It's been reported the final offer from the Crows was their first-round pick this year (No.13 overall), their future third-round selection and defender Jake Kelly.

McKay said the Blues considered honouring Gibbs' request had they received adequate compensation.

"For the right exchange, definitely … they weren't close enough," McKay said.

"We had a few options on the table and they weren't able to deliver those options.

"We always were very honest with the Crows on what we were after and they couldn't come to the party."

Gibbs asked to return to Adelaide for personal reasons and the Crows have signaled their intent in pursuing a trade next year.

But McKay was hopeful Gibbs would have a change of heart.

"Time will tell of course, but we're confident we'll be able to get some good support around Bryce and he can enjoy Melbourne and obviously Carlton," McKay said.

"He's enjoyed the footy club and the people in the footy club enormously in the last 10 years.

"He's got some other stuff going on in his life, but we want to support him and get him through those times."

Gibbs will now have to put those issues aside before returning with the Blues next year.

"Bryce has shown great professionalism through the whole process," McKay said.

"We believe we can get him back in the fold and not make him feel too awkward and get him back to playing some really good footy for Carlton.

"I know he's away at the moment with a number of players, so he's probably in the best spot he can be with all his mates."