Nonda: Staying the course

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Striker Shabani Nonda has refuted claims he could leave Blackburn Rovers in January, insisting he needs time to adapt to English football.

The on-loan Congolese front man turned down an offer from Paris Saint Germain in favour of a move from Roma to Ewood Park, but he has failed to set the Premiership alight so far.

Nonda has scored just twice in 10 top-flight outings this season, but is confident he will find his feet as his fitness continues to improve.

"When I joined Blackburn, I was looking for a team that could offer me opportunities of first-team football," Nonda told L'Equipe.

"A forward depends a lot on his adaptation to the team's style, and my team-mates also have to understand my game.

"We are an English style team, very physical, but I have to adapt. Anyway I am here and I will stay.

"Some players want to leave, others want a prolongation of their contract, I don't know."

Rovers have struggled to reproduce the league form that saw them claim a Uefa Cup spot last season, but represent a much tougher prospect in the European competition.

France's Nancy are their next opponents and with the prospect of topping Group E in their sights, Nonda hopes to see the team assert themselves from the first whistle.

"We must impose our physical type of game on them and if we do that we can win," he added.

"It is important for us to get three points and finish first."