Nelsen to remain at Ewood
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth target Ryan Nelsen has reiterated his commitment to Blackburn.
Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen has reiterated his commitment to the Ewood Park club, amid a failed enquiry for the player from Rovers' Premiership rivals Portsmouth.
The influential New Zealand international has made a major impression since joining Mark Hughes's side on a free transfer in January 2005 - producing performances which have not gone unnoticed by Harry Redknapp.
Endowed by Alexandre Gaydamak's millions, the Pompey manager, who is also pondering bids for Robert Huth and Sol Campbell, was reported to have tested Rovers' resolve with a £4 million bid last week.
The rumour mill has also claimed the Fratton Park club would be willing to double Nelsen's Blackburn wage-packet but the 28-year-old is unperturbed by the speculation.
"They've put in a bid for me and Blackburn have turned it down, and that's really about it," said Nelsen, who is stepping up his pre-season preparations following a broken leg sustained at the end of last season.
"We are in the Uefa Cup this year, it's an awesome club with a great manager. I'm definitely really happy here."
Suggestions too that Nelsen had become disillusioned by the enforced sale of star striker Craig Bellamy to Liverpool have proved unfounded.
"I don't know where people got that from," he told The Press of New Zealand. "Obviously any team would not be happy to lose Bellamy, but who am I to say that?
"The management know what they are doing and signing a striker is the number one thing they are after."