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Blackburn Rovers will listen to offers for Robinson
BLACKBURN Rovers will listen to offers for out of favour goalkeeper Paul Robinson but are not yet completely writing his Ewood Park career off.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands Rovers would be prepared to sell the former England number one next month, for the right price, after he was axed from the first team at the weekend.
Rovers’ academy product Jake Kean and Polish summer signing Grzegorz Sandomierski will be given the opportunity to stake their claim to be the club’s number one in the next few weeks.
Kean is expected to retain his starting place for Saturday’s visit of Brighton, leaving Robinson frustrated at his surprise exclusion.
Robinson is understood to be attracting interest from abroad, including Turkey, and will want assurances on his future ahead of the opening of the January transfer window.
Rovers boss Henning Berg has already said he can’t assure Robinson first team football and was understood to have been keen on bringing Brad Friedel back to Ewood from Spurs before the loan window closed.
Berg is likely to attempt to resurrect a move for Friedel when the window reopens but Spurs are believed to be keen on keeping hold of the 41-year-old.
The Telegraph also understands Argentine outfit River Plate are set to join the chase for Mauro Formica, along with Newell’s Old Boys, but Rovers say the midfielder is not for sale.
Meanwhile, Berg has been forced to react to national newspaper reports yesterday claiming he stormed out of the club Christmas party on Monday.
The report said Berg was asked to dance in a Michael Jackson wig by the DJ at the party at Ewood, after being volunteered by club executives, and that he stormed out.
In a club statement, Berg said: “On Monday evening, the club arranged its official Christmas Party for all employees and staff.
“We have many hard-working employees and this was an opportunity for them to relax and enjoy themselves after what has been a difficult year.
“After the dinner I was asked to go to the stage, which I was happy to do, believing I would be asked a few questions or maybe judge a competition.
“Instead I was asked to do things which were not the right things for me to do as the manager, considering our league position and form.
“I did not want to do it and went back to my table. Later, I left the event at around 9.30pm, as planned, and drove home. The players left straight after dinner and no alcohol was consumed.”
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