Davies happy to stay a Baggie
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Brom defender Curtis Davies says he will be happy to play in The Championship.
West Bromwich Albion's in-demand defender Curtis Davies has played down intense interest from Premiership sides, insisting he will be happy to play for The Baggies in The Championship next season.
The former Luton Town man has been at The Hawthorns less than a year, and a regular in professional football for just two seasons, but West Brom have had to ward off sustained interest in the impressive 21-year-old following their relegation.
The Baggies have already turned down an £8.5 million bid from Portsmouth, as well as an earlier approach from Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has publicly confirmed his interest in the athletic stopper.
Bryan Robson is desperate to keep his squad together in anticipation of a quick return to Premiership football, with the likes of Zoltan Gera and Tomasz Kuszczak a target for top flight teams, and Davies admits he has been flattered to be linked with The Gunners.
However the ambitious £3 million signing says he will have no qualms about playing in The Championship next season for West Brom.
"Naturally, I want to play for England one day and I enjoyed immensely the experience of playing in The Premiership last season, competing against the likes of Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy, even though I'd look at pictures of the games afterwards and think to myself that my face must have been superimposed," Davies told The Sunday Times.
"But when people ask me, 'Are you going to Arsenal?' I take it in my stride.
"I get a confidence boost to be linked with those clubs but I don't get carried away about it.
"I'm a West Brom player and if nothing else happens, I'm very happy to play my football here in The Championship this coming season.
"We've got to be ruthless at West Brom from the start of the season, to follow Reading's example of last season because The Premiership is where everybody at this club wants to be."