Rovers clear over Bentley

22 January 2008 04:21
Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams has moved to reassure fans that David Bentley will not be sold, after the England man was linked with a move to Newcastle United. The 23-year-old midfielder has been in impressive form for the Ewood Park club this season, scoring eight times in 37 appearances. Bentley is expected to be named in Fabio Capello's first England squad later this month, but Williams is adamant he will not be leaving Rovers in the transfer window. "Our position is clear, David Bentley is not for sale," Williams told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph. "We've not heard anything for Newcastle or anyone else and we wouldn't welcome any interest." Meanwhile, Williams has also revealed that he is keen to sit down with Bentley and discuss a new contract with the former Arsenal youngster. "We stated recently that we wanted to sit down with David and his agent to discuss a new deal," he continued. "He only signed a new contract in the recent past, but we felt that his performances this season were such that it warranted us to sit down with him and discuss a new contract. Talks are progressing well."

Source: ESA