Blues rule out McFadden sale
Birmingham City have ruled out selling James McFadden this summer following relegation.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 24/06/08 8:30am
Birmingham City have ruled out selling Scotland international James McFadden this summer following relegation from the Premier League.
McFadden joined Blues from Everton in January for an initial £4.75million but despite bagging four league goals they missed out on survival by one point.
Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan knows Alex McLeish's squad has an excellent chance of promotion and that includes retaining McFadden's services.
The Scot's agent Willie McKay has revealed the 25-year-old is keen to quit St Andrews to further his career, but Blues insist he is not for sale.
"We have gone down with a good team and only gone down by one point," Sullivan told the Birmingham Post.
"We believe all the players who have taken us down have a responsibility to take us back up and that is what we are asking them.
"We are owed a debt and I have no doubt that James McFadden will honour that. He is not for sale. He gets on well with the manager and will be a key player for us.
"The player will not be sold - he will play in the first team and do his best.
"I don't think that is unfair as we have taken him from Everton's squad to being a first team player."