BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer says Jordan Rhodes is happy to stay at Ewood Park – insisting that the striker is ‘not for sale’.
Rhodes has been linked with a host of clubs this summer, including Hull and West Ham, but Rovers have stated that they have had no official approaches for their leading goalscorer.
The striker is currently on international duty, preparing for Scotland’s World Cup qualifier in Croatia tomorrow night, but Bowyer spoke to the forward before he went away and said Rhodes told him he was happy at Ewood Park.
“He’s happy where he is,” said the Rovers manager.
“I spoke to him and I just wished him all the best as he went away for the international game before he comes back to us. Jordan is not for sale.”
Asked if that was at any price, Bowyer added: “For me it is, certainly the conversation I had with the owners was that he was not for sale.
“You read about interest from Hull in the papers and you’re always going to get speculation about your best players.
“Manchester United couldn’t hang on to Ronaldo, so every player has their price.
“There has been talk in the papers about Jordan and Martin Olsson as well, but these are some of our better players and we don’t want to lose them.”
Olsson was the subject of rejected offers from West Ham in January, and is away with the Sweden squad. He was only due to train after a knee injury, but now aims to play in Tuesday’s game against the Faroe Islands.
Bowyer wants Ruben Rochina to return to Ewood Park after a loan spell at Real Zaragoza.
The Spanish side have an option to make the deal permanent, but Bowyer spoke with Rochina yesterday.
“I had a conversation with Ruben and I have outlined my plans to him,” Bowyer said. “We will have to see what happens now but I have told him that he is a player I think has a lot of ability. He has a fantastic left foot.
“Of course there are areas of his game he can still improve, but he is still a young lad.”