Wilson: Bell not going to Pirates
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bristol City manager Danny Wilson has told skysports.com that defender Mickey Bell will not be moving to arch-rivals Bristol Rovers.
The 32-year-old has attracted the interest of The Pirates following caretaker boss Phil Bater's admission that he would like to bring the former Northampton Town and Wycombe Wanderers player to The Memorial Stadium.
Wilson, however, has play down any chance that Bell will make a cross-town move to Rovers, stating that the broken leg that was suffered by midfielder Aaron Brown in Friday's 1-0 victory against Rushden & Diamonds has no bearing on his decision to keep the defender at Ashton Gate.
"Nobody from Bristol Rovers has been in contact with myself," Wilson told skysports.com.
"As far as I'm concerned, Mickey Bell will not be going to Bristol Rovers, whether or not Aaron Brown has been injured."
Brown's season was brought to a premature end after he was stretchered off in the first half of Friday's win over The Diamonds with a fractured fibula.
He underwent surgery on his broken leg, which was thought to be successful, but Brown's absence is a blow to the promotion-chasing Robins.