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Givet will seek Rovers talks
GAEL Givet will be seeking talks about his Blackburn Rovers future today – although the club look set to hold firm on his contracted ‘relegation pay cut’.
The popular Frenchman is keen to remain in East Lancashire this season, despite the club’s drop into the Championship, but will look to renegotiate his contract before pledging his commitment.
The 30-year-old fans favourite is one of a number of Rovers players who has been forced into a drastic pay cut after Premier League relegation, understood to be in the region of 50 per cent, due to a clause in their contracts.
Givet’s French representative has already indicated the no-nonsense defender would be seeking an exit if that clause was enforced – but stressed the player hoped an agreement could be reached.
Rovers believe Givet could play a key role in the club’s bid to earn an instant top flight return and are hopeful they can persuade the defender to remain in East Lancashire.
They are unlikely though to move too much away from from his current terms, knowing a compro-mise with one player would lead to the rest asking for the same.
Givet is still contracted to the club but Rovers’ global advisor Shebby Singh has already admitted they won’t be able to keep ‘unhappy players’.
Givet reported back for pre-season training at Brockhall yesterday as Steve Kean’s squad were put through their annual physical ‘tests’.
They will depart for a training camp in Austria on Sunday, where new signings Nuno Gomes and Fabio Nunes will join up for the first time.
Meanwhile Rovers are still in dialogue with Sporting Lisbon as they look to bring energetic midfielder Adrien Silva to Ewood Park.
The 23-year-old former youth international has told Portuguese press he is happy to stay at Lisbon but Rovers have far from given up the chase.
It is believed the player would still be open to a move to Ewood Park but agreement has to be reached with Sporting, with discussions ongoing.
Rovers see Silva as the perfect midfield foil to new signing Danny Murphy but, if their efforts failed to materialise, they would look elsewhere for a box-to-box midfielder.
Meanwhile it is understood Rovers are close to appointing former defender Colin Hendry onto the coaching staff, after weeks of talks.