Club Focus – Blackburn Rovers – Salgado set for new deal but warns for Rovers’ transfer future

Former Real Madrid star Michel Salgado looks set for a new deal at Ewood Park after he admitted he would like to continue playing for Blackburn Rovers. The right-back, who joined the Lancashire outfit on a two year deal a couple of summers ago, is a fans’ favourite at Ewood, following some excellent performances in defence over the last season or so.

Salgado was persuaded to join Rovers by former boss Sam Allardyce, and the big-name singing has lived up to all expectations in the Premier League. Given his age, doubts were cast over his physical condition, and during the start of last season Lars Jacobsen fulfilled the role of right-back, however some good performances ensured that Salgado became an ever-present in the Rovers starting line-up.

Despite the positive news of the Spaniard wanting to stay, Salgado has recently warned that the club should concentrate on signing good players for the future rather than superstars such as Ronaldinho and David Beckham. He admitted that it would be nice to sign a glamour player, but not at the expense of missing out on three possible bread and butter signings who would serve the club better in the long-term.

Things have gone quiet on the transfer front at Ewood Park but one new arrival is expected at the club this week. Last Friday, Steve Kean said that the club would soon be announcing the arrival of a new assistant manager. Following the departure of Allardyce and Neil McDonald, and the promotion of Kean from first-team Coach to manager, there has been a shortage of staff at Blackburn recently, making a new assistant for Kean a priority Although there is no confirmed name in the running, it has been reported that former Arsenal star John Jensen will be the man who comes in to assist Kean.

Meanwhile, the row over Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Queens Park Rangers has continued with Rovers legend Simon Garner blasting Neil Warnock for his comments towards El Hadji Diouf. In an incident during the game, Rangers striker Jamie Mackie and Rovers defender Gael Givet were both stretchered off following a nasty collision. Diouf, incensed by the challenge, is reported to have verbally abused the opponent whilst he lay on the floor with a broken leg. QPR manager Warnock called Diouf a ‘sewer rat’ amongst other things for his behaviour, but Garner had some words of his own for the Rangers boss.

Garner said: “Diouf’s a wind-up merchant and does step over the line too many times. So does Warnock. I remember one of Warnock’s players being sent off for kicking me. He was in my ear shouting all sorts of abuse. He called me a cheat and much worse. If Diouf has stepped out of line, Rovers will deal with him. But Warnock has gone way too far.

Although no action has yet been taken over Diouf’s actions, it will be interesting to see whether the FA or even Diouf’s own club decide to punish the winger over the incident.

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