Hull hold Geovanni talks
Brown confident playmaker is keen to sign new contract
Last Updated: August 24, 2009 8:43am
Geovanni: Discussing new deal
Hull City boss Phil Brown has confirmed talks to secure Geovanni on a new contract are at an 'advanced stage.'
Geovanni's current deal at the KC Stadium expires at the end of the season and Brown believes the Brazilian playmaker is keen to stay with the Tigers.
The 29-year-old had a mixed debut campaign with the Premier League club, scoring a number of crucial goals but also clashing with Brown on occasion.
Brown has no problems with Geovanni's attitude and is hoping the former Manchester City man will commit his future to Hull.
"I'm at advanced stages with Geo and he's made reference to wanting to stay at Hull and in England, he's got nothing but positives to say about the club," Brown told the Hull Daily Mail.
"I have had many, many conversations with Geovanni. He can sulk, but these players can take things personally at times when it's nothing personal.
"I understand the deal is that you're going to have spats with your players if you're passionate about your job and this club.
"That's probably a sign that they're passionate as well, so I don't have a problem with it."
Meanwhile, Brown has admitted his relief that Kamel Ghilas failed to secure a move to Blackburn Rovers after the Algerian striker scored the only goal against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
He added: "Our European scout Bob Shaw has been looking at Kamel for a year now, but we nearly missed out because Blackburn were watching him as well.
"Fortunately for us, he failed a fitness test with Rovers. But he did not look unfit to me - he looked very sharp and full of desire. His work-rate off the ball was fantastic."