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Return for One, Exit for Another?

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
Time: 1:19PM


I know it's ALWAYS likely to be the case, but I totally agree with Sav, players should stop viewing Rovers as a stepping stone, we are better than that and have the potential to do something special!
Hughes Da Man
17/05/2007 13:22:00
How much of what Benni has said is true, I don't know but would say quotes can only be "taken out of context" or "manipulated" so many times, so I'm tending to come round to the idea Benni REALLY wants out. He's usually careful and only makes it seem like it's the challenge of something bigger that appeals to him though but seems to show a little less respect here (if true?!?!) However, this doesn't mean he'll get his wish though as we all know that Sparky can dig his heels in. He might do well to listen to Sav!!! As for Bellamy, I'm still not sure on how I'd feel about him returning?!?! I'm not so sure bringing him back if we do keep McCarthy is a good idea but we all know what he can do. IF Benni goes I'd certainly welcome a return as it would soften the blow (not completely though!) of losing Benni. How ironic it would be if the man who arrived to replace a man who left a year later became the man replacing the man who had replaced him!
Hughes Da Man
17/05/2007 13:24:00
Mccarthy to Man U and Bellamy to Rovers ... I think tahts the way it will end up panning out anyways
17/05/2007 13:30:00
I was not sure Rovers would win the race for Bellamy a while back but now if he does leave Liverpool (as looks HIGHLY likely) I can't really see him going anywhere else?!?! Would I like this, still unsure to be honest. I'd LOVE to keep Benni but it's not looking good, IF Chelsea or Manure come in for him I'd say we would only see a cartoon style outline puff of him left behind as he speeds off!
Hughes Da Man
17/05/2007 13:34:00
Can't see it myself HDM - Benni has always had verbal diahorrea issues. All he has done is state that if a top club came in, then he'd be interested. What professional player could honestly say they wouldn't do the same. He's not said he wants out, far from it, he's said he loves it here, but in the same token he'd love the potential to prove himself on a grander scale. Can't blame him for that. If we get a daft offer, he'll go. I can't see him manipulating a way out - He seems extremely honourable, if a little eager to give the press a complete life story.
Head Rover Heels
17/05/2007 13:52:00
Here is what i think we will happen. McCarthy out, hope we get 10 mill plus. Franny will leave. That leaves us with Roberts, Derbyshire. I really hope we dont sign Nonda. Bellers will come in for 7-8 mill. Leaves us a striker short, esp with offers comin in for roberts. If we get offered 4 mill plus i think we should take it, possible leaving us with derbs and bellers. Mr Mark Viduka, available on a free transfer, i think that should be our option. No1 has brought this up yet but i really think his physical presence, much more effective then roberts, will give bellers all the space in the world. The free transfer gives us an opportunity to further invest, maybe a forsell typ player, cheape and young what you guys think
17/05/2007 13:55:00
I think it depends on Jose at Chelsea, if he getst he sack as the papers are also saying then I dont see Benni going, the papers have gotton the hold of the connection between these 2 from Porto and ran with it. If Jose wanted him, he would have brought him with him wouldnt he?? He did with others in the team! Benni should remember this, as Chelsea are not to going to wait to see how he'd perform in the Premiership now are they, they didnt with the other buys. Jose knows what Benni has to offer and never went back for him, I think that says it all. If the papers are actually running with a true story ( for once ) then u'd expect that we talking £10 - £15m+ fro Benni, I read that Sissoko is possibly a £15m target for Juve and he may be younger but a bit part player for 'Pool shouldnt go for more than a proven goal scorer
17/05/2007 14:14:00
I hear you Head Rover Heels, and maybe I'm too quick to worry and read into the negative side of things too quickly. I agree he is always careful not to flat out say he wants to do and does express his happiness at Rovers but wants more. While I can understand him wanting more did he HONESTLY think we could break into the top four last season, let alone during his three-year contract?!?! Obviously I hope we can but think it would be foolish to think we will.
Hughes Da Man
17/05/2007 14:17:00
As for Bellemy, I know I was one that said we didnt need him but if its on the cards I rather see him come in ( with Benni ) and us not sign Nonda. As the only other position we need to fill is probably in midfield we jsut need a cover player - wot with Mokeona coming through, Dunn will get his fittness back and Reid to come back from injury along with Savage, it would prob be on the wings to act as cover for the Pederson and Bents ( although we have Peter, Treacy and Emerton )
17/05/2007 14:18:00
sasman - Viduka is quality and I like the guy but will we really pay him 60 grand a week?!?! I sooo hope JR stays, he's got A LOT to offer Rovers.
Hughes Da Man
17/05/2007 14:18:00
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