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Olsson not looking for Blackburn Rovers exit
MARTIN Olsson says he has no plans to seek a January move away from Blackburn Rovers after receiving reassurances over his international future with Sweden.
Olsson was linked with an Ewood Park exit in the summer and his agent Martin Dahlin, the former Rovers striker, said at the time that playing in the Championship was ‘not an option’ for the 24-year-old because of fears it would jeopardise his place in the national team.
But Rovers insisted during the summer that they had no intention of selling the Swede, who still has two-and-a-half years left to run on his contract with the club.
Then manager Steve Kean was adamant that Olsson had personally stressed his commitment to Rovers – despite acknowledging receiving ‘mixed signals’ from his representatives.
The player himself, who joined Rovers at the age of 17, later admitted he had been open to the idea of remaining in the Premier League following the club’s relegation but now says his only focus is on helping them regain top flight status.
Asked how he viewed his future, Olsson said: “I am focused on Blackburn, that’s it. Too much came out in the media before that I wanted to leave and I didn’t want to play here.
“I love the club, I have been here seven years and I only have positive things to say about the club.
“Right now I’m just focusing on Rovers, that’s all.”
Olsson, who was joined at Ewood Park by twin brother Markus earlier this year, has retained his place in the Sweden squad – starting last month’s friendly against England.
And he has been told by national boss Erik Hamren that playing in the Championship will not count against him providing he maintains his form.
“The national team coach called me before the games (this season) and said even if I play with Blackburn here in the Championship it’s no problem, as long as I deliver in the national team,” he said.
“That was reassuring, of course. But I just want to get us up to the Premier League, that’s it.
“I want to be involved, I want to be a part of that.”
Olsson linked up with fellow Scandinavian Josh King on the left flank in the second half of Sunday’s 1-1 derby draw at Burnley.
Norwegian King could now be pushing for a place in the starting line-up for Friday’s home game against Cardiff City after earning praise from boss Henning Berg.
The 20-year-old recently joined Rovers on loan from Manchester United, making his debut as a substitute at home to Millwall before starting against Bolton.
“Josh when he came on made a very good impact,” Berg said.
“He gave us a bit more attacking options, a bit more offensive play and also someone who can take on and go past players.
“I think he had an impact in the first home game as well when he came on, he did really well.
“He got into great positions, he’s good one against one, he’s strong, he’s physical, he’s got good technique and on Sunday his passing was good as well.”
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