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Pedersen: I want to stay at Rovers
MORTEN Gamst Pedersen admits he hopes he does have a future at Blackburn Rovers after insisting he will let his football do the talking at Ewood Park.
The Norwegian midfielder marked his Rovers eight-year anniversary with the winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City before re emphasising his commitment to the club post match.
Pedersen’s celebration included grabbing a walking stick from Rovers’ kit man in response to the summer criticisms of global advisor Shebby Singh towards him – when he was likened to a pensioner.
But, after helping the club to their best league start for more than a decade, Pedersen was not about to get embroiled in any war of words He said: “I am not going to say all my thoughts because I think that is between me, the management and the owners. I have never been that guy, I try to keep things away from the media in that way.
“Of course I read newspapers, people talk to me and you hear things. Sometimes you are wondering what is going on.
“Yesterday (Sunday) was eight years since I signed. I said earlier I am committed to Blackburn. I was one of the first people to say this.
“It is not always up to what you say though. I am happy here, it is not always you see a footballer stay at a club so long. I have had offers to leave before but I have stayed.
“It was a good celebration. It was good to score. When I arrived at Ipswich the walking stick was hanging on my place.
“I can’t control what people are saying. If I have a problem with someone, I will go and see them and sort it that way. It is easier than doing it through the media.
“The main thing is to get back to the Premier League, that is where we want to be. It is going to be a tough journey but I hope I can be a part of it.”
Pedersen was quick to admit Rovers had not played that well on Saturday but believes the quality their squad possesses can only be good for the future.
“Promotion would be fantastic,” said Pedersen. “It was a really tough year last year but if we can get a good feeling and go straight back up, it would be amazing. I hope I can be a part of it.
“It was important to win, although maybe we didn’t play our best football. I think if we can have that extra quality that helps us in these tough games.
“We played one of the favourites to go up and okay they tried but we have won on a day where we didn’t play our best.
“This is a different league to play in. You have to adapt to it. It is not an easy league because the games come thick and fast.
“It is good for us to have a good start but it is going to be tough.”
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