Bruce rules out Savage exit
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce insists Robbie Savage will not leave Birmingham in January.Birmingham boss Steve Bruce insists midfielder Robbie Savage will not leave the club in January.
Savage's future at St Andrews has been the subject of intense speculation for the last few months.
Blackburn have had one bid rejected for the Welsh international, who is considering a move away from Birmingham to be closer to his family home in Wrexham.
It has been suggested that Savage will move on from Birmingham when the January transfer window reopens, but Bruce is adamant he will not be allowed to leave.
"Nothing has changed. We had an offer from Blackburn which was not acceptable and it is not likely to be with those sort of figures and the way the deal is structured," said Bruce.
"I re-iterate that Savage is not for sale. I don't want to sell him. He's been vital to us for the last two and a half years and why should I sell him to a rival at this time of the year?
"I know he's got a few off the field problems but I am sure he can handle things. I keep saying the same thing until I'm blue in the face that we don't want to sell him.
"The bid is way short of our valuation. We are not going to be blackmailed or bullied or whatever the situation is to make a change.
"Robbie won't be going, as simple as that, definitely not in January, that's for sure."
Meanwhile, Birmingham midfielder David Dunn faces at least a month on the sidelines with his latest hamstring injury.
Dunn sustained the new hamstring injury in the Boxing Day win over Middlesbrough and the new setback is set to keep him out of action for a while.
"You are looking at David being out for at least a month and now he has to go through rehabilitation all over again," added Bruce.
"You really feel for him because he has worked so hard to get back fit and he was in great form when he aggravated the same problem as before."