Blackburn’s £8m rated forward speaks out over his future

Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers

Rhodes rules out an Ewood Park exit, and focuses on Premier League return.

Jordan Rhodes has quashed speculation of an exit from Blackburn Rovers, insisting he wants to help his current club reach the Premier League.

The in-form striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League, and Rovers manager Gary Bowyer said earlier this week that although he had received no enquiries for his top-scorer, the 23-year-old would be able to leave for “an unbelievable offer.”

No such offer has materialised, however, and Rhodes, who was signed from Huddersfield for £8m in August 2012, has ruled out a departure from his current side.

Asked about attention from Premier League sides, Rhodes told Sky Sports: “It’s flattering in a way, I just try to ignore it. I’m very happy at Blackburn Rovers and that’s the honest truth.

“It's a terrific football club, full of good people, great staff and facilities there so you know I’m very happy, so until told otherwise I’m a Blackburn Rovers player.”

“Just one (Premier League) game will do me. There’s no reason why we can’t do that next season with Blackburn. There’s lots of hard work to put in before then but that's what we’re striving for at Blackburn to play in the Premier League.”

Rhodes’s decision will be a blow for any clubs who were looking to sign him, although, oddly for a striker in such good form, there had been no concrete interest.

Rhodes was briefly linked to CrystalPalace at the end of last year, before the then manager of the Eagles, Tony Pulis, ruled out a move. He was also understood to be on HullCity’s radar at the end of last season, but again no move was forthcoming.

Rhodes has been in lethal form this season, finding the net 16 times, including a run of six goals in seven games between early December and early January.

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