Manchester United defender Michael Keane has revealed that he would like to go back out on loan to Blackburn Rovers if he does not get a chance at Old Trafford next season.
The 21-year-old centre-back spent the first half of this season on loan at Derby County, but since the turn of the year he has been an almost-ever-present for Blackburn, playing every single minute of 13 out of the last 14 matches and scoring three goals in the process.
With the identity of United’s next manager not yet known, Keane is understandably unsure what the future may bring, but in an interview with the Lancashire Evening Telegraph later published by Sky Sports, Keane revealed his plans if he does not get a chance at his parent-club.
“First things first I need to go back to Manchester United this week and see who becomes the new manager.
“But if I was to come back to the Championship I would definitely consider Blackburn because the club has been great for me and I seriously think next year we’ll be pushing for promotion.
“I’ve had a great time, I’ve really enjoyed myself, and if things don’t work out next season at Manchester United and I don’t get a chance there, I’d look to come on loan again.”
It is potentially very good news for Blackburn, who only narrowly missed out on a play-off place this season. While Keane will know that despite the departure of Nemanja Vidic and possible exit of Rio Ferdinand at United there are likely to be new defensive signings to compete with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling.
That is a decision for the new manager to make, but Blackburn’s boss Gary Bowyer may just be hoping to bring the England under-21 international back for another crack at promotion to the top-flight.