Di Matteo backs Dorrans stay
West Brom boss Robert Di Matteo says the best thing for Graham Dorrans is for him to stay at The Hawthorns.
Last Updated: 09/07/10 1:08pm
West Brom boss Robert Di Matteo insists the best thing for Graham Dorrans is for him to stay at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies turned down a third bid of £5million for the Scotland international from West Ham on Thursday, causing chairman Jeremy Peace to release a strong statement reiterating the midfielder is not for sale.
Manager Di Matteo has underlined the club's position by emphasising that 23-year-old Dorrans will remain at Albion, and insisting there is no concern over the player's loyalty.
"We have said it many times, put statements out, and we'll put another one out now. He's not for sale," Di Matteo told the Birmingham Mail.
"I'm not concerned about him though.
"We've made our position clear but you can't force other clubs to not make these offers.
"Graham is a cool boy and he should be content in a club where he's loved and settled.
"He has his first big year in the Premier League coming up.
"It would be so much better for him to stay here and continue his education. That reflects the view of everyone here.
"He's an outstanding young player and there will always be talk about him.
"It makes sense for him to stay here.
"He's got the respect of his team-mates and he has a management team which has belief in him - it's important for any player to have that.
"There is nothing absolutely in his manner or mood which worries us. He is totally focused. He's working hard and been very professional."