Date:Friday August 24 2007
Is this a false dawn or is Benni McCarthy really ready to commit to Blackburn Rovers as Mark Hughes has hinted at, or so the Lancashire Telegraph tell us he is hinting at.
Throughout the summer (although things have been mighty quiet for some time) all the talk was that McCarthy would be leaving Ewood Park to play for a "bigger club", however, although some did express an interest no actual bids came in, so he has stayed, not that I am saying he has only stayed because he had to!!
The transfer window closes in a weeks time and Hughes is fully convinced that McCarthy will not only still be here, but the suggestion is that he is now ready to commit to the club as the signing of Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich (and others) is further proof of the intentions of Rovers.
Hughes told the Lancashire Telegraph: "Benni had an outstanding season last season, and that's why there was a real determination on our part to make sure he was in a position to have another one this year.
"I think he's excited by what we've done with the squad in the close season, and he knows himself that he's at a good club, and he's got an opportunity to be successful here, so I think he's quite calm about the situation, and he's glad to be here."
The biggest challenge for Rovers has not been convincing players to come to Ewood, but not only convincing (which shouldn`t be hard) players to stay but fending off possible interest from others for the star names, which has been achieved and will be further by the time the window closes. Hughes believes that much of this is down to the board and the promises they have kept that players WOULD stay.
He added: "I've been given the backing of my chairman and the board and they said I didn't have to sell anyone, and that's the case
"They've been good to their word and I haven't wanted to sell anyone either.
"We've still got a week to go but I'm not too concerned about people leaving, and certainly less so than I was about a month ago.
"But that's half the battle (keeping hold of your best players). This time last year was exactly the same. I had to make sure we didn't lose key personnel, and that's what we did."
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