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Ince to decide on pair - chairman

John Williams
Williams says Blackburn do not have to sell players (BRFC)

Blackburn chairman John Williams has said new manager Paul Ince will discuss the futures of David Bentley and Roque Santa Cruz over the next few weeks.

The pair have been linked with moves away from Ewood Park and Williams is keen for the situation to be sorted as soon as possible.

"Paul knows you can't get better by selling your better players," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"They're not back until 7 July so that will be the red letter day."

Ince accepted during his first press conference as Blackburn manager that Rovers are not among the Premier League's bigger clubs financially.

But Williams believes that should not affect their ability to retain their better players.

"He will be itching to get hold of them on the training ground and start work.

We know that David has expressed a wish to leave the club, we'll see if that position has changed

Blackburn chairman John Williams
"But if we've exhibited any characteristic over recent years it's been resisting offers for our best players.

"I'm not ashamed of the fact we haven't got the biggest budget to buy players but there is a world of difference between not being able to buy big-name players and having to sell.

"We will hopefully be able to stretch our pound and make it work hard for us this year to actually improve the squad."

And the chairman highlighted his determination to keep Bentley and Santa Cruz at the club for the start of next season.

"Contractually there's no issue, the reality is that they're here for some time and that will be an issue for Paul to talk to David and see where we go from there.

"In terms of Roque, I'm not aware there's been any issue other than speculation.

"We do know that David has expressed a wish to leave the club but Mark Hughes told him he couldn't, we'll see if that position has changed."


see also
Blackburn hold no fears for Ince
24 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Bentley eager to leave Blackburn
15 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Exciting times to come - Warnock
23 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Rovers get Ince licence exemption
20 Jun 08 |  Blackburn


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