CROATIAN international Nikola Kalinic is solely focused on helping Rovers beat the Premier League drop – but will be seeking summer talks over his Ewood future.

Blackburn Rovers’ £6million man has not played a second in the last three matches, and was even left out of the squad on Saturday, raising questions over his future with a host of foreign clubs monitoring his situation.

The 23-year-old’s agent insists Kalinic is still happy with life in East Lancashire and that ideally he would want to remain a Rover.

Agent Tomislav Erceg admits however his client needs to be playing on a regular basis and believes if his current situation continues he may be forced to consider a summer move.

Erceg said: “It has not been easy for Nikola FROM BACK PAGE and we don’t know what has happened because last month he played for a strong Croatian team but he has not played a second for Blackburn.

“We are not even talking about other clubs now though because he is contracted with Blackburn and wants to concentrate on helping the club out of a difficult position.

“He likes Blackburn Rovers and is happy here but he needs to play. He is a young player who is very confident about what he can do and we will have to see what happens in the summer.

“We hope he will play and stay but if he does not play he might have to change clubs. We will speak with the club in the summer but until then there is no problem and he will keep working hard to help the club.

“Obviously there are clubs who would want him but they are not even in our thoughts at the moment.”

Sam Allardyce brought Kalinic to Ewood Park from Hajduk Split for £6m in August 2009, with the club warning not to expect too much too soon from the Croatian starlet.

He scored two goals in 14 Premier League starts in his debut season in English football, but did fire four goals in just six league cup appearances.

His contribution has continued to be limited this time round, making just 15 Premier League starts, but remains the club’s top scorer in the league with five goals.

Kalinic looked to have made his big break through when he scored a brace in a crucial win at West Bromwich Albion at the end of December but, after being sent off late on, has made just three starts since.

The man touted as ‘the future of Croatian football’ by national team boss Slaven Bilic has struggled to get a consistent run of games under both Allardyce’s and Steve Kean’s leadership.

He is currently competing against Roque Santa Cruz, Jason Roberts, Mame Biram Diouf and Benjani for a place in Rovers’ attack but should return to the squad for Saturday’s visit of Birmingham .

Kalinic will have two years left on his current Rovers deal this summer.