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N'Zonzi on his Triumph bike out of here

Steven N'Zonzi has been told to sort his Rovers future out as the rest of the players set sail for Austria and the Rovers pre-season training camp.

A 26 man group flew out to Austria without the lanky midfield afro enthusiast after the Frenchman's reps told Rovers that he wants to leave following relegation last season.

A fractured relationship with manager Steve Kean is also to blame with N'Zonzi frozen out of first team affairs at the back end of the last season and serious questions over the player's attitude... Swansea away springing to mind.

There has been considerable interest from others registered in Steven with the likes of Arsenal, Spartak Moscow, Borussia Dortmund and Stoke (spot the odd one out) all sticking their hands in the air with an initial enquiry.

Rovers for their part are reported to have placed the asking price on The Zonz ata hefty 10m - not bad if they can get it for a player that cost 400,000 for Amiens three seasons ago.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 10 2012

Time: 10:20AM

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Time to go Steven. Will be interesting to see how much he's going to fetch though - 10m is a bit over the top. But aim high or whatever!
Mikey Delap
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10/07/2012 10:27:00

I'll be glad to see the back of him. His performances towards the end of last season were the worst I can ever remember from a Rovers player. No matter what problems you have with a manager, you're a professional football player, and when you cross the line you should give your all. His attitude was completely unacceptable. Plus he is heavily overrated. If anyone offers 10 million they need their head examined. Luckily there are enough crazy people in the game to mean that it's still a possibility. Anything over 4 million and I'd be happy.
Blue_Canoe
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10/07/2012 10:37:00

Always liked him as a player and would look a class above in the Championship....if he was arsed, which he won't be.
theirishrover
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10/07/2012 10:46:00

Harry Kewell to rovers can anyone give anything on that?
Marcus:)
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10/07/2012 11:12:00

Marcus - Pretty sure that's not happening.
Mikey Delap
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10/07/2012 11:51:00

Some reports say Kean left him out of the Austrian trip, others that he refused to go. Either way things look like that's it for the future relationship between BR and SN. BUT, are Arsenal and Chelsea 'fighting to sign him'? Most reports actually state that they are likely to sign foreign players during this transfer window. Chelsea have just spent 25m on Oscar, a Brazilian mid fielder. Arsenal are competing with Spanish clubs for 9.5m rated Capoue. So, 10m for N'Zonzi! something has to give. Steven may have to choose between a lesser Premiership team and possibly another relegation fighting season or build bridges at Ewood and be on a promotion pushing team. Can't see that happening with his temperament but you never know. When he puts his mind to performing he can be 'man of the match'. The trouble is you never know which Steven N'Zonzi is going to turn up on the day. A big problem for him now is that he has displayed that fault publicly and Premiership scouts and managers will have it in their notes when deciding which midfielder they should go for. If you were a premiership manager would you pay him big bucks with his track record?
r.waterfall
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10/07/2012 12:23:00

I personaly won't be to bothered to see the back of him, we have Petrovic who is a very simular player in style of play, Murphy who is a better player technically and Lowe who has the potential (Will learn vastly from Murphy) who can all play in his position, We'll be a better team without him, I'll be chuffed with 6m plus but I believe no one would pay more than 5m
marshinrover
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11/07/2012 11:19:00

Petrovic is going by the looks of it
Marcus:)
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11/07/2012 12:47:00

I honestly dont think N'Zonzi is as good as what folk seem to think he is (I ahve to laugh when he linked to Arsenal and Chelsea, when he wouldnt get into Spurs or Liverpools teams) I agree with the comment up above that Petrovic, Murphy and Lowe are all better and all want to be at the club, if we can get a good price for him then id def sell ...
Clint
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