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Last Updated: Friday, 4 August 2006, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
Neill set for Blackburn departure
Lucas Neill
Australia international Neill enjoyed a good World Cup
Australian defender Lucas Neill wants to leave Blackburn.

The 28-year-old, reported to be a target for Tottenham, has one year remaining on his current contract and has rejected the offer of a new deal.

"They have made an offer which Lucas has declined - he is not going to be signing a new contract at Blackburn," said Neill's agent Peter Harrison.

"He has enjoyed his time there, he loves the club and the fans, he just feels it is time for a change."

Tottenham are thought to have turned their attentions to Neill after failing in their bid for Wigan's Pascal Chimbonda.

Blackburn are likely to listen to offers for the defender, who impressed for Australia at the World Cup, rather than see him leave for free next year.

"If he has to stay he will have to stay, but this is not about money at all," Harrison told Sky Sports News.

"There will probably be more talks before the end of August, but it doesn't look as if he will stay but as always he will continue to do his best for Blackburn."

Neill, a 1m signing from Millwall in 2001, has made over 150 appearances for Rovers.

His Australia team-mate Brett Emerton also has a year left on his Blackburn contract and has yet to sign a new one.

SEE ALSO
Blackburn want decision from duo
03 Aug 06 |  Blackburn Rovers
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29 Mar 06 |  Blackburn Rovers


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