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Nzonzi left out of Rovers' Austrian training camp
11:00pm Monday 9th July 2012 in Sport
The 23-year-old Frenchman’s representatives have informed the club he wants to leave after last season’s Premier League relegation, leaving the club freezing him out of first team affairs until the issue is sorted.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands Rovers won’t stand in the player’s way but sources close to the club say they value Nzonzi at in the region of £10million.
Rovers won’t allow the player to leave ‘on the cheap’ but are believed to be ready to keep Nzonzi away from the Championship prep-arations as his future gets sorted.
Nzonzi has been linked with potential moves to Arsenal, Stoke City, Spartak Moscow, Villarreal and Borussia Dort-mund over the past 12 months.
Rovers have yet to receive any formal bid for him though and are prepared to make Nzonzi train with the reserves until he is ready to pledge his commitment to the club.
It is understood the club have been informed by Nzonzi’s repres-entatives that he does not want to play outside the top flight.
Nzonzi signed for Rovers from French second division side Amiens for in the region of £500,000 back in June 2009.
He signed a bumper new five-year deal the following year after an impressive debut season alerted some of the Premier League’s top side to his potential.
Nzonzi finished last season on the substitutes bench though, amid rumours of training ground bust ups, with Rovers keen to avoid the risk of any unsettling influences being around the squad.
The presence of the want-away Chris Samba last season did Rovers few favours, with sources close to the club saying Nzonzi has been left training at Brockhall on his own to avoid similar problems.
Rovers’ Swedish international Martin Olsson has also not travelled to Austria but he has been granted more time off, having played in last month’s European Championships.
Olsson’s agent insisted before Euro 2012 that staying at Rovers was “not an option” for the left sided player but no further talks are understood to have been held over his future.
Rovers meanwhile are also keen to keep hold of Gael Givet next season, despite the player understood to be wanting to renegotiate a ‘relegation clause’ in his contract.
Talks continue with Sporting Lisbon over midfielder Adrien Silva as Rovers look to make him their fifth summer signing.