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Nzonzi heading to Spain
STEVEN Nzonzi is set to join Spanish top flight side Sevilla on a season-long loan – but Blackburn Rovers have not given up on him playing a part in their future.
The want-away French midfielder has been frozen out of Rovers’ pre-season preparations to date and, with no club ready to meet their valuation of him, a loan deal has been decided as the best option for all parties.
It is understood Sevilla will pick up his wages for the coming season, with a January recall clause expected, with Nzonzi’s relationship with the current club management understood to be untenable.
The 23-year-old ended last season on the substitutes bench, despite a shortage of midfielders in the club’s relegation scrap, after failing to see eye to eye with boss Steve Kean.
Nzonzi’s agent informed Rovers this summer he wanted to quit Ewood Park and Kean immediately made the decision to leave him out of the pre-season trip to Austria and their domestic summer campaign.
Nzonzi has been training on his own at Brockhall so far this summer but, valued at up to £10million by Rovers, has been left in limbo due to a reluctance from rivals to meet the asking price.
Rovers are understood to not have received a single bid for the midfielder but, after a meeting with the player’s agent yesterday morning, it was agreed Nzonzi would be allowed to leave on loan.
The Lancashire Telegraph understand Nzonzi would not play for Rovers again while Kean was in still in charge and that he was not prepared to play outside the top division.
Rovers though have left the door open for him to return next summer, if circumstances change, as they refuse to sell the player for less than they think he is worth.
Nzonzi was signed by former Rovers boss Sam Allardyce for a nominal fee from French second division outfit Amiens in 2009 on a four-year deal.
He quickly established himself as a first team regular, with a number of Premier League sides understood to have shown an interest in him in past seasons.
Nzonzi signed a bumper five-year deal in August 2010, with Rovers not yet ruling him out returning from Spain to see out his contract and beyond at Ewood Park.
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