Hughes: Bentley stays put

26 January 2008 10:40
Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has dismissed speculation linking England midfielder David Bentley with a big-money move to Newcastle United. The 23-year-old winger is a reported target for new Magpies boss Kevin Keegan, but Hughes is keen to tie Bentley down to a new contract at Ewood Park. He told Sky Sports News: "David's situation is that he is signed as a Blackburn player. "There is always speculation about good players. David is a good player, but he won't be going anywhere. "He signed a new contract 12 months ago, but obviously in that time he has pushed for international call-ups and so we will reflect that. "But we have got a situation at Blackburn where the vast majority of our club is tied up for the next three years and David is one of those players. We are not a club that has to sell." Bentley has scored 20 goals in 118 appearances for Rovers since his arrival from Arsenal in the summer of 2005.

Source: ESA