Date:Thursday May 17 2007
As speculation mounts about the future of one striker (Benni McCarthy) the possible return to Blackburn Rovers of another (Craig Bellamy) increases.
The rumour mills have been working overtime again, with Benni McCarthy again ALLEGEDLY (I must stress this allegedly point!) voicing his eagerness to make a quick exit from Ewood Park.
At the WKD Nuts Football Awards 2007, Benni is quoted as saying:
"It's not like I owe them my life or they owe me for bringing me into the Premier League, for which I am totally grateful, and they will always have a place in my heart.
"With the goals I've scored and the work I've put in, in that way I've paid back my dues.
"If something extraordinary does come and it's a big team, a Champions League team, then I would love to ask for the opportunity to try my fortunes at a higher level, at the biggest stage.
"I'm still a Blackburn player but I'd love to play in the Champions League again.
"When you come from a Champions League team you miss playing against the likes of Barcelona, Milan and the big-shots of world football."
The showpiece of the English football season takes place on Saturday afternoon, this showpiece of course being the FA Cup Final at Wembley. Benni admits he'll be an interested spectator but hopes Chelsea win because of his friendship and history with Jose Mourinho, and then (again allegedly) hopes they will make a move for him, he added:
"I've grown up supporting Manchester United and I still love them but on the other hand I've got a lot of friends at Chelsea and one special friend who is Mourinho.
"We go a long way back and he's been amazing to me. I've only got good things and great memories about him. Obviously I want Chelsea to win because of Mourinho, Carvalho, Ferreira and all my mates like Drogba, Essien and Makelele.
"Hopefully if they win they can probably build a stronger team. Next season he (Mourinho) will want to win the league and Champions League.
"He'll want to come for bigger and better players and hopefully I'll fall in the category that he'll look for."
So there you have it, once again (if true) Benni is voicing his desire to move on, a desire not well appreciated by Robbie Savage who (among other things) told the Lancashire Telegraph:
"We've got a great manager, great coaching staff and some terrific players, so it bugs me when people see this club as a stepping stone.
"Craig Bellamy had a great season when he was here - probably one of the best of his career - but then he upped and left for Liverpool last summer. Now there's talk of Benni McCarthy moving on to bigger and better things.
"At the end of the day, the grass isn't always greener elsewhere."
The grass isn't always greener and Craig Bellamy has found this out! But the Welsh International, who has been linked with a Rovers return for many months has (again in speculation, in the Daily Mirror!) apparently said he would welcome a return to Ewood Park and such a move could be VERY possible during the summer…
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Date:Thursday May 17 2007
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