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Benni Wants Out of Ewood?!?!

Benni Wants Out of Ewood?!?!

Another day brings yet more speculation regarding the future of Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy.

In an in-depth interview in the Sun, McCarthy is quoted as saying as much as he has enjoyed his time with Rovers basically we can't offer him what he wants, so he would leave to sign for Chelsea, or any other Champions League club in England or Spain.

So here is what he told the Sun:

"I miss Champions League football. When I'm at home in the week watching the Champions League on TV and hear that music it makes me realise that there's a part of my football make-up that is missing.

"The challenge of being part of the best, playing against the best. Champions League football means everything to any footballer with ambitions.

"I've enjoyed playing for Blackburn - and the manager and his staff are first-class. The club is really friendly and professional.

"But at 29 years old, if a club like Chelsea comes looking for you then you must seriously consider the opportunity.

"Not necessarily from a financial perspective but from a point of view where you can win trophies and compete against the AC Milan's and Barcelona's of this world. I can only talk about things that are certain, not about maybes.

"But a chance to go to Chelsea - or any other Champions League team in England or Spain - would be hard to turn down
."

The £2.5 million fee paid last season would almost certainly be at least doubled if we sold him in the summer, but with no need to do so (financially from out point) we would not be looking to. However, McCarthy (again allegedly) feels that he has repaid the clubs faith in him by bringing him to England with his goal, and this substantial fee would be reward.

He added:

"Blackburn gave me my chance and even though it was not a big transfer fee, I trust that I have already paid them back with my commitment and goals this season.

"If I end up being sold by Blackburn and they make a good profit, fantastic, they deserve it.

"The people at the club and the fans are great
."

McCarthy has been linked with three of the top four clubs in this country (Arsenal the only one not linked with him) but a move to join forces again with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, with whom he worked with at Porto, has seemed the most likely, and appears his favoured move.

He finished by saying:

"Mourinho has coached me. We won things together and he really knows me inside out.

"If he ever were to sign me again, it would be because he knows exactly what he's getting and that I've managed to settle down in England quite quickly.

"It would be a big challenge to win a regular start in a club like Chelsea but why shouldn't I have confidence in my own abilities? I know I can compete with the best
."

I know that things can be taken out of context but it's not looking too promising is it. This is something that I feared happening but then started to relax again, but maybe it is time for us to start thinking about who Sparky will buy to replace him this summer!

If McCarthy does go would I feel he has repaid the faith paid in him by the club? He's scored plenty of goals, and helped to again raise our profile as everyone around the world knows Benni McCarthy, but I would have to say NO!

I know it could probably be unfair to say this but repaying the faith the club showed in him would see him staying and make good on his early aspirations of what he wanted from the club. You can understand where he is coming from but if what he is all to often quoted as saying recently (and not just here) is true his early feeling had long since passed…


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Writer:Walker
Date:Saturday May 12 2007
Time: 12:41PM

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It wouldn't be a major surprise if he left in the summer but would (for me anyway) not repay too much faith showed in him when we signed him after over a year of trying. How we got him for so little, and how we did over these "bigger clubs" I don't know but where has his early love for the club gone?!?! Again what is printed and what is true can be different.
Hughes Da Man
12/05/2007 12:43:00
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In all honesty, as good as Benni is does he really think that he will get ANYWHERE near as much game time with Chelsea as he does with Rovers? Is Champions League Football REALLY worth this? I'd feel mighty let down by Benni if he left guys I have to say.
Hughes Da Man
12/05/2007 12:44:00
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I'd definitely feel almost devastated if Benni left us... look at Bellamy he's wasted himself since going to Liverpool. It's about time someone showed a bit of loyalty to Sparky. This story's made me feel sad again!
Bents4eng
12/05/2007 13:07:00
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Know what you mean Bents4eng, was full of optimisum start of the week, draw with Spurs saw me lose this a little but Bents being called up for England (all be it B level) saw it rise again. The success with which the Vital Blackburn end of Season Awards had started cheered me up even more. This news has saddend me. It will not only leave me devastated if he left but most definitely let down.
Hughes Da Man
12/05/2007 13:35:00
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Hughes said a few days ago that there are'nt any release clauses in the squad THIS summer. Hope we wont see him leaving.....
IsraeliRover
12/05/2007 17:03:00
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I think it is unlikely any bids will come in for him anyway. Obviously if none come in he can't demand a move and I think this will be the scenario. I too feel a tad hurt about this and his comments. He has always spoken of his delight and enjoyment whilst being at Blackburn, despite an undertone that would suggest he is looking for something bigger, and am therefore surprised by some of his comments. I honestly do believe though that the sun have manipulated the context. If they were to publish the questions as well i think it would paint a different picture. I dont actually think Benni is saying he wants to leave, he is merely talking realisitcally. I think he will still be at Ewood next season.
roversman
12/05/2007 17:11:00
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I HOPE you are right roversman. I know exactly what you mean, they (the Sun!) almost ALWAYS manipulate things don't they. I was 100% convinced we'd see him (and the others) at Rovers again next season but thel ieks of the Sun keep putting doubts in my mind, and now I'm right back down to 50:50 belief either way.
Hughes Da Man
12/05/2007 18:13:00
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I skipped over the bit about the sun as I read it on the bbc website earlier... That is reassuring news indeed as the sun is full of tossers (must have been a slow news day)!
Bents4eng
12/05/2007 18:17:00
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I got the quotes from sky sports, but they said it was printed in the sun, well said he was quoted as telling the sun, which I assume means the whole thing?!?!
Hughes Da Man
12/05/2007 18:23:00
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Don't think you've much to worry about the 'big boys' are always looking for proven strikers on the cheap. As shown with Neil, Hughes knows how to fight his corner and (with no buy out clause?) you'd probably be able to buy Ronaldinho using the chavs blood money
Phartman87
12/05/2007 19:17:00
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