Hughes: Morten happy at Ewood

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Mark Hughes is confident Morten Gamst Pedersen is happy at Blackburn Rovers, amid reports Manchester United want to sign the winger.

Media speculation claimed the Premiership leaders were ready to activate a supposed clause in the Norwegian's contract to sign Pedersen for £8million in the summer.

But former United striker Hughes does not envisage any reason why the 25-year-old will be leaving Ewood Park at the end of the season.

Hughes understands his players will be coveted by other clubs, but believes Blackburn is the best club for Pedersen.

"There's always talk about my players," said Hughes on Sky Sports News.

"I think I spent most of this pre-season fending off interest in my players because we'd had an exceptional season.

"I'm sure this pre-season we will have other offers for other players.

"The situation with Morten is, basically, that he signed a new contract and was very happy to do so.

"He knows this is the best place for him at this moment in time in his career.

"He's made that commitment, we've made a commitment to Morten, and both parties are happy with that decision."

Pedersen joined Rovers from Tromso in 2004 and has made 112 appearances for the club, chipping in with 26 goals.

Last summer, he was rewarded with a new contract which binds him to Ewood Park until 2010.