Rodgers - Players can leave
Royals boss prepared to sell stars for the right price
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: June 12, 2009 11:23am
Hunt: Attracting interest
Brendan Rodgers insists he will not stand in the way of any player who wants to leave Reading this summer.
With the Royals having failed to secure promotion back to the Premier League last term, an exodus of top talent is expected.
The likes of Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle are tipped to generate interest from the top flight, with speculation already mounting regarding their future.
Rodgers now claims that should a suitable offer be forthcoming, which benefits all parties, he would have no problem sanctioning sales.
He said in the Bracknell Forest Standard: "Stephen Hunt is a player who has done really well in the Premier League. He is moving towards the latter part of his career where he will feel he wants to maximize his earning potential and I have no problem with him wanting to play at the very best level he can.
"He has been at the club a few years and helped them through a really good era.
"If he feels it's best for him and his journey is a different to the next journey of Reading Football Club then I will always respect that.
"I haven't spoken to him yet, but I wouldn't stand in his way if he thinks it's best to move on."
He added: "The money has to be right, but I would think there will be bids for him.
"Over the last couple of transfer windows that has been the case. He had the possibility to leave in January, but for one reason or another it didn't work out, so it's one where the right one will come in over the course of the summer.
"If the club feel it's right then it's something we would look to do. He is a good lad and done great in his career."
Republic of Ireland international Doyle has a buy-out clause in his contract which could be triggered by potential suitors, and again Rodgers would be prepared to part with the striker.
"Kevin is a player I have admired," said Rodgers.
"They need a bit of a break after a long season, but the situation is clear with him. He is a valuable asset. He has a figure written into his contract which allows him to go to the Premier League.
"When you see him play you realize he is a top professional who is a Premier League striker, so when a guy has that ability and it benefits the player and the club I don't think you can stand in his way. I will speak to him.
"Chelsea were interested in him. When you draw interest at that level you feel that another year in the Championship isn't quite for him, but I won't know the full extent until I talk to him. He has done a great job and if he does go then I am sure Reading will be well rewarded."