Prolific forward wants to stay in Premier League, with newly promoted clubs a possible destination.
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Yakubu wants to quit relegated Blackburn Rovers in order to continue playing in the Premier League. The Nigerian striker will reportedly tell Rovers boss Steve Kean that he does not want to play in the Championship next season, according to Goal.com.
Yakubu was a shining light for Blackburn, scoring 18 times in 33 appearances, but could not prevent the Lancashire club finishing a dismal 19th. The 29-year-old has experienced life in the Championship after spending time on loan at Leicester City and is determined to stay in the top division, with newly promoted duo Reading and Southampton both possible destinations.
A source close to Yakubu said, “He was really saddened by what happened at the end of the season because he had a great rapport with the fans but he is certain that he is still a Premier League striker and so he hopes that a deal will be done that suits all parties.
“There is no way that he will rock the boat because he thinks too much of his team-mates to do that but he wants common sense to prevail. He has two years left on his current contract and he is prepared to tell Steve Kean that he wants the club to let him go if a suitable offer comes in.”
Under-pressure Kean, who will undergo more crunch talks with Blackburn’s Indian owners, the Venky family, this month, is unlikely to be able to persuade ‘the Yak’ to stay. In 2007, the striker told then Middlesborough boss Gareth Southgate that he wanted to leave and shortly after joined Everton in an £11 million deal.
Rovers tricky winger Junior Hoilett is also keen to engineer a move away from the club.