Sunderland insist only 'crazy offer' would persuade Jordan Henderson to leave

05 January 2011 04:05
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce says only a 'crazy offer' will take Jordan Henderson out of his hands this month.

Sought-after: But Jordan Henderson does not want to leave Sunderland insists manager Steve Bruce

The England midfielder has attracted attention from Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea as he continues to enhance his reputation at the Stadium of Light.

And the England midfielder, capped by Fabio Capello in November's friendly against France, is over the fatigue and loss of form which hit him just before Christmas.

Henderson, who has ditched agent Colin Gordon in the last two months, has met Bruce and Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn with his father Brian in the last week to underline his commitment to his home-town club.

And the Sunderland boss, who has picked Henderson for almost every game since taking charge on Wearside, believes the 20-year-old has not had his head turned by any speculation, and he understands he must continue his education at Sunderland.

Bruce said: 'I'm not expecting anything in January with Jordan. I can't see it but, hey, nothing surprises me. It would have to be absolutely huge, a crazy offer.

'The good thing is Jordan doesn't want to go anywhere. He is Sunderland through and through, he doesn't want to leave and he knows his next development over the next 18 months to two years is going to be with us.

'I have told him and his father he needs to stay here and develop and they are in full agreement with me on that.

'Players can go too early and then sit on the bench somewhere. What does he want to do that for? I think he's got his head screwed on well enough to know that. He is in no hurry at all.

Set to leave: George McCartney (left) has been on loan at Leeds

'We can't pay what City can pay, but he knows that it's not right for him yet. I think his football matters to him more than what his bank balance looks like at the moment. We all know that, later on in his life, it might be different, but hopefully it won't be for a while yet. 

'We have a special talent on our hands, and I keep telling you that, and the next 18 months are vital for him, so we have to look after him and protect him and make sure that when he does move, eventually, in a few years' time, that he is ready to take the next step.'

Bruce expects permanent deals this month for Andy Reid, Nyron Nosworthy, George McCartney, David Healy and Nyron Nosworthy, who are all out on loan from Sunderland.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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