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Robinson eyes Ewood stay
PAUL Robinson has asked Blackburn Rovers for clarification on his future at Ewood Park – with his agent insisting the goalkeeper still wants to stay providing he is not replaced in January.
Rovers continue to be linked with an attempt to bring Brad Friedel back to the club after making an enquiry before the recent closure of the loan window.
The 41-year-old American played alongside new Rovers boss Henning Berg during his eight-year spell at Ewood Park and has now lost his place at Tottenham to Hugo Lloris, who has started the club’s last five games.
Robinson produced some fine saves in Sunday’s East Lancashire derby draw at Burnley and has been Rovers’ regular keeper since his arrival in 2008.
The former England international is understood to be keen to find out whether he remains in the club’s long-term plans, as speculation over a move for Friedel rumbles on.
Robinson’s agent Rob Segal says his client doesn’t want to leave Ewood Park but admits Robinson’s hand may be forced if Rovers brought in Friedel and then replaced the 33-year-old in goal.
“Paul would be totally happy to stay, he is very happy at Blackburn,” Segal said. “But at this stage of his career Paul wants to be playing football.
“If they want to bring in Brad Friedel that’s their prerogative, Henning Berg might want to bring his own players in. If he played with Brad I can sort of understand it.
“If they can sort something out with Tottenham then we’ll be on our way.”
Reports have suggested that Rovers may contemplate allowing Robinson to leave on a free in January if Friedel arrives, although Segal says he does not know if that is the case.
The keeper has been linked with a return to the Premier League to be reunited with former Rovers boss Sam Allardyce at West Ham, or even his ex-Tottenham manager Martin Jol at Fulham. West Bromwich Albion have also been reported to be interested.
“Those clubs all have goalkeepers so we will have to see what happens and then do what we have to do,” Segal added.
Rovers had attempted to bring in Friedel on loan last month, with a view to permanent deal.
But at the time Tottenham refused to sanction a move, with the veteran keeper still battling with summer signing Lloris for a place in the side.
That tussle has proved more competitive than many initially expected, given that Lloris was signed to be Spurs’ regular keeper.
But the French international has been preferred in recent weeks and, like Robinson, Friedel may be tempted by a move to pursue regular football.
The former Rovers keeper, who was replaced by Robinson at Ewood when he decided to join Aston Villa four years ago, is out of contract at White Hart Lane at the end of the season.
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