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Bentley is still a Rover - Nelsen

Ryan Nelsen
Ryan Nelsen will skipper New Zealand at the Beijing Olympics

Blackburn Rovers captain Ryan Nelsen has said no-one at the club has a problem working with want-away midfielder David Bentley.

The England international requested a transfer at the end of last season as he wants to move to a bigger club.

"For us he's a team-mate and will be until the club decide otherwise," Nelsen, 30, told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We understand where he's coming from and we understand he might stay at the club as well."

"There's no animosity towards him or anything like that, it's his decision and you can't hold that against any person.

"Hopefully the fans will understand as well but he's done really good service for Blackburn.

"If he does decide to leave I think the club will be compensated very well so it's a win-win situation."

Nelsen will train with the Blackburn squad this week in England before going on the club's training camp in Germany and pre-season tournament in the Algarve.

But he will then be heading to Beijing to skipper New Zealand at the Olympic Games.

We don't get to go to very many major tournaments and the Olympics is obviously a major one

Ryan Nelsen

And he has admitted that he is delighted to have been given the go-ahead by Paul Ince to take part.

"I put the new manager in a difficult position in all honesty and I really appreciate that he's allowed me to go.

"With New Zealand we don't get to go to very many major tournaments and the Olympics is obviously a major one and I really wanted to play.

"Thankfully he's met me half-way and let me go for the first two games."




see also
Rovers clear Nelsen for Olympics
02 Jul 08 |  Football
Hughes links no surprise - Nelsen
03 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Nelsen signs new Blackburn deal
05 Jul 07 |  Blackburn
Bentley eager to leave Blackburn
15 Jun 08 |  Blackburn


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