Date:Wednesday April 18 2007
Mark Hughes is confident Blackburn Rovers will be able to retain the services of Morten Gamst Pedersen next season despite reports Manchester United are keen on signing him.
Although Hughes openly admits to the fact that Rovers players are always likely to be linked with other clubs he will not give them up without a fight and sees no reason why Pedersen would not want to remain at Ewood Park as he believes he is happy with the club (which he always seems to be despite constant interest from others) and Rovers are the best club for him at this present moment in time.
Hughes told Sky Sports News:
"There's always talk about my players. I think I spent most of this pre-season fending off interest in my players because we'd had an exceptional season.
"I'm sure this pre-season we will have other offers for other players.
"The situation with Morten is, basically, that he signed a new contract and was very happy to do so.
"He knows this is the best place for him at this moment in time in his career.
"He's made that commitment, we've made a commitment to Morten, and both parties are happy with that decision."
You wouldn't expect Hughes to say anything other would you. Although he hasn't confirmed that there is no release clause in place in Pedersen's contract (due to run until 2010) the use of the word commitment more than once suggests to me that the contract is just that a commitment for it's length, with no escape route, or am I reading too much into this? Am I seeing it the way I want it to be and maybe not the way it could be…
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Date:Wednesday April 18 2007
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