Bruce: Why would I sell Upson?
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce insists there has been no interest from Chelsea in Matthew Upson.
Steve Bruce insists there has been no interest from Chelsea in Birmingham City defender Matthew Upson.
The centre-half's St Andrews future is uncertain as he is entering the final 18 months of his contract.
He has been linked with Aston Villa and Newcastle United after admitting a desire to return to the Premiership.
Reports have also suggested champions Chelsea could move for Upson in January due to concerns over the fitness of captain John Terry.
Bruce was quick to play down the speculation and the Birmingham boss has questioned the wisdom of selling his main defender.
"It's the silly season," Bruce told Sky Sports News. "It's the first I've heard about Chelsea to be perfectly honest.
"He's been linked with every club, but not one manager has rang me up. Sometimes it doesn't happen like that in football any more.
"All I would say to all our supporters, and to Matt himself, is we're now going very nicely indeed, so why do I want to sell my best player?
"Of course people are going to court him because he's got 18 months to go, but there's three or four months until the summer.
"If the situation is still the same, then I've got to protect the club and protect their investment, but I want to see Matthew Upson playing for us and take us where we want to be.
"I don't want him to go anywhere and it is going to take an absolutely crazy deal for me to even consider letting our best player go at the moment."