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Nelsen Still Hopeful Bentley Will Stay A Rover

Nelsen Still Hopeful Bentley Will Stay A Rover

Blackburn Rovers skipper Ryan Nelsen hopes that David Bentley remains with the club despite his wish to leave Ewood Park.

Nelsen (who along with Bentley) has returned for Pre-Season training hopes that Bentley stays with the club despite his wish to leave and a reported £17 million price tag being put on him.

Nelsen told the Lancashire Telegraph: "The club isn't in a position where it has to sell, so it doesn't need to.

"I guess it's a decision the manager and the player involved has to make.

"But this is a good club and everyone is happy, so whatever happens, happens

With Bents being so adamant that he sees his future away from Ewood some would think that he might be viewed in a different light by his team-mates now, but the skipper insists this isn't the case and he remains as much a part of the squad as ever and whatever happens (if he stays or goes) Rovers WILL be the real winners!!!

The New Zealand International added: "For us, he's a team-mate and he will remain so until the club decides to let him go, if they do.

"These things happen in the game and we try to understand where he's coming from.

"There's no animosity towards him. At the end of the day, it`s his decision and you can't hold that against someone, because it's a personal decision, and hopefully the fans will understand as well.

"He's given very good service to Blackburn and if he does end up leaving then I think the club will be compensated very well, so it's a win-win

Personally I think he could stay as God wants but I want him to go now, he's made it clear that he wants to move on, however, for ANYONE to suggest that the moves it looks like he might take are genuinely steps forward (for footballing reasons alone!) is wrong. Rovers HAVE matched (if not bettered) the likes of Aston Villa, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur over the past two/three seasons, and we WILL do this again this season so he isn't making a significant move forward, but this would be his decision.

However, the main thing in our favour is the fact he DOES still have plenty of time on his contract, so Rovers DO hold all the cards here. Should our valuation not be met, as we DON'T need to sell we won't. If he doesn't like this so be it, but he then has the opportunity to either sulk and then not play if he isn't playing to his true potential or he can carry on doing what he does best on the pitch, which will maintain the interest in him and then he will eventually get his move as our valuation would be met (if it isn't before?) I wouldn't want us to keep an unhappy player, but we don't need to sell him as we don't need to rebuild a squad if its not broken, which our squad isn't!!!

So long as WHATEVER does happen is in the best interests of Blackburn Rovers Football Club and not the best interests of David Bentley the footballer) who despite what he has done for us we don't owe him anything in letting him leave) I will be happy.


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Date:Tuesday July 8 2008
Time: 6:27PM


I don't want this dragging out like the Gareth Barry saga, and NOR do I want a war of words with any other clubs. We ALL believe that our clubs are the best, Spurs, Villa, Everton and so on we ALL know that your clubs are bigger than ours, you have more fans and so on and so forth but if ANY of you think you are that far ahead of us in footballing terms on the pitch (which is where ALL are marked) then without showing a biased view at all you are wrong. If it's in the best interests of Rovers to keep Bents, then keep him we will and Nelsen could yet get his wish!!! Rovers DO hold all the cards here, no matter what anyone might think!
Hughes Da Man
08/07/2008 18:29:00
spurs will get him
08/07/2008 18:31:00
Maybe they will, but ONLY on our terms, not those of Bents or Spurs. Blackburn Rovers' best interets will be looked after first, well at least I hope so!!!
Hughes Da Man
08/07/2008 18:38:00
The main thing Bentley needs to do now is just keep his trap shut. Everybody knows you want to go, so you don't need to inform us once again. But if you don't get the move you desire, do not hang your head and take it out on the club. Take it as a compliment that your skill as a footballer is sought after. Match your actions off the pitch to your performances on the pitch and you will remain a star and a role model to the youth. Take out your frustrations of not transferring on the pitch. Use it as your motivation to prove to everyone that you ARE as good as you say you are and come next season you may actually have the top 4 teams knocking at your door instead of the other less successful teams. But if you sulk and complain, other teams will see this as a huge weakness in your already questionable attitude and most likely your performance on the pitch will slip also. It's your choice, friend.
08/07/2008 20:42:00
well said WALKER, aka HDM
08/07/2008 21:32:00
draging on to long now
09/07/2008 12:28:00
Well said Texas Rover... I concur.
09/07/2008 13:02:00
I'm pretty sure Bentley is going, I've accepted it now. And like Kendog, I agree, it is going on a bit to long now. I heard he came in for training, which I thought he'd do anyway, but I don't want the dressing room affected by his wanting to leave. I think Bentley is a professional and wouldn't do anythin deliberately, but if he's not committed he should go asap
09/07/2008 13:26:00
Someone will have had a word, Ince probably maybe Nelsen as well, I'll be surprised if we see another outburst now he's back training. The price has been set, now its up to the rest of them to meet it. They'll be looking for a replacement maybe even have one in mind It was 15M before, maybe the guy Ince wants would be 10M or so hence the new price tag. Bents staying just means we don't have to rush our choice. But he will leave.
09/07/2008 14:48:00
Just take £15m if somebody offers or any deal involving Lennon/Bent. If not just keep him and we still keep a quality player.
10/07/2008 02:42:00
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