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Neill's Stay Makes Hughes Happy

2 million for a player who will in all likelihood walk away for nothing, or at least a much smaller fee in January is something many will fee Hughes should have accepted for Lucas Neill from Liverpool.

Hughes himself however was thrilled to have retained the services of Neill for the time being at least. When speaking to Rovers World on Friday he said:

"Much of the window has been consumed with basically resisting offers for our better players"

"A lot of yesterday was concentrated on actually resisting the overtures from Liverpool"

"In the end I think we showed to Lucas that possibly we were more committed to him than Liverpool were prepared to commit and I think he understood that in the end"

"He is with us and we are still very hopeful that he'll sign a new contract but I think now we can just concentrate on playing our football and put this episode behind us."

After being appointed captain for the Chelsea game Hughes has said he will continue to pick Neill, and I'd say probably even still as captain, at least until Ryan Nelsen returns. Hughes is more than happy that Neill will continue to "approach his job in exactly the same way as he did before the interest from Liverpool."

Although it is possible, it is unlikely Neill will sign a new deal as Hughes still hopes.




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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 2 2006

Time: 5:39PM

Your Comments

Seemed a strange deal for Liverpool to want in the first place.
sandgroanun
HE'S A TOP DEFENDER, AND MAYBE A LITTLE AS HALF A YEAR AGO TEAMS LIKE MILAN, BARCELONA AND LIVERPOOL WANTING HIM WOULD HAVE VERY MUCH SURPRISED ME, MAYBE NOT QUITE SO MUCH NOW.
Hughes Da Man
hughes knows quality when he sees it.
rovers powerhouse
Hughes has done well at Ewood so we'll put our trust in him here. If Neill, as is likely walks away for free in the summer, or a far smaller fee in January so be it, in the meantime Hughes is assuming he'll earn the club more.
Hughes Da Man
 

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