Nelsen considers Ewood future
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ryan Nelsen has revealed Portsmouth interest but Rovers are determined to resist offers.
Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen has revealed growing interest from Portsmouth, and admits his future at Ewood Park is not cut and dried.
Reports over the weekend claim Pompey manager Harry Redknapp has returned to Rovers with an improved offer of £4.7 million for the influential New Zealander.
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes is determined to retain his key defender, however, and Rovers are now in talks over extending the stopper's contract, despite his existing deal having two years left to run.
Nelsen, who is still recovering from a persistent hamstring problem in England, while the rest of the Rovers squad are in Holland preparing for the new season, admits he is hoping for a quick resolution.
"Portsmouth is still going on and it's with the suits at the moment," Nelsen told the New Zealand Herald.
"There's some interest there but I don't know where things are at, I just kick a ball around."
"It's just at the talking stage at the moment," he said, of talks with Blackburn.
"It's nice to think that someone thinks you are all right but you have to put that out of your mind. When you start thinking about potential moves, your head can explode."
Hughes has no intention of allowing the 28-year-old - a free transfer signing from DC United just 18 months ago - to leave Ewood Park.
"Portsmouth have made an enquiry about Ryan but we have made him an improved offer. They may want him but we don't want to let him go," said Hughes.
Meanwhile, Hughes is still hopeful of persuading Lucas Neill to remain at Ewood Park.
The Australian has previously claimed he is unwilling to commit his future to the Uefa Cup qualifiers, but Hughes is hopeful of retaining Neill, who was handed the captaincy for Rovers' 3-2 win over Alemannia Aachen on Saturday.
"Lucas was made captain and that could possibly be seen as a sign of how important he is to us," added Hughes.
"He is one of the senior players at Blackburn and we don't want him to leave."
Meanwhile, Pompey and Rovers could be about to lock horns once more - in their reported pursuit of PSV Eindhoven centre back Andre Ooijer.
The Holland World Cup star is a target for the Premiership duo, but Rovers appear to be in pole position amid claims the club met the player's agent at the weekend.