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Hughes: Bentley Going Nowhere

Mark Hughes has told David Bentley to forget about a move from Ewood Park after warning the England star that he has no escape route from Ewood Park.

Bentley, 23, is being touted for a big money move to Liverpool and Chelsea after establishing himself in Fabio Capello's England squad in recent months, after a few scandlalous months where he wasn't even looked at.

The former Arsenal midfielder, set to face Portsmouth at Fratton Park tomorrow, inked a new four-year deal with Blackburn less than 12 months ago.

Hughes, speaking to skysportsnews, said: 'We don't have to sell David Bentley and we aren't looking to sell him.

'The speculation happens every year with our better players, but if you look back, not many have ultimately been allowed to go.

'That's because we know we will be weakened as a consequence, so we are not looking to sell any of our major players and I don't expect it to happen.

'When Craig Bellamy left us for Liverpool two years ago, that was something that we couldn't do anything about. If there hadn't been a clause in his contract, he would possibly still be here.

'But when we have a strong hand and there is no onus on us to generate cash, then we don't have to do it at the end of the day.

'David Bentley has a good contract here and there is good length on that contract, so we don't have to sell.'

Too right Mr.Hughes, I think we agree we'd rather have David than the money.

The Journalist

Writer: Mikey Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 26 2008

Time: 8:30AM

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do you serioulsy believe you can hang onto him?
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26/04/2008 08:40:00

Absolutely, why wouldnt we??? Good team, settled environment, the perfect boss to grow under... the media have blown up everything as usual.
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26/04/2008 09:03:00

We should be able to hang onto him this Summer anyway, but if he refuses to sign the new deal that's been put before him, then I dont think he'll be with us the season after next.
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26/04/2008 22:26:00

thats true spinaker, if he doesnt sign the deal it would probably be a good idea to cash in on him while we can still get top dollar for him.
durks de rover
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27/04/2008 16:06:00

If his contract means anything he won't be going anywhere. If he wants to leave then if it is right for Rovers he will, and I would want him to as well as I DON'T want players disrupting things if they don't want to be here, but WHY wouldn't Bents not want to stay?!?!
Hughes Da Man
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27/04/2008 19:43:00

We hold all the aces... we're in the driving seat with this one.
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28/04/2008 11:19:00

I think Hughes' attitude toward his players is great - you are employed and under contract - it's not a case of us trying to hold onto players... we won't sell!
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28/04/2008 13:32:00


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