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Quoting the Laws: On the Blake No Deal

Alan Nixon reported in the Mirror yesterday that Robbie Blake had turned down a new deal. That part was accurate and has since been confirmed by the Official Site.

However, it would appear that Brian Laws had moved slightly on the length of contract. Although not giving Blake totally what he wanted namely a two-year deal, he did offer a 12 month deal with a further one year option.

Blake however still turned the offer down although Laws has not closed the door on a late change of mind by the 34 year old.

Talking about the disappointment, Laws said:

'Obviously I am disappointed that Robbie has turned down what we consider to be a very reasonable deal for a 34-year old.

'The offer is a 12-month deal with a further one year option, but Robbie wanted two years and we just couldn't go down that road.

'We included the extended deal should Robbie play 20 games next season and I feel a fit Robbie would have easily achieved that.

'So naturally I am disappointed, but I would like to thank Robbie for all his magnificent service for the club.

'I know he is a firm fans' favourite and he is rightly considered a legend here, who will never be forgotten.

'But I have told Robbie and his agent that we have left the door open and if he has a change of mind I would be more than happy to talk.'




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 3 2010

Time: 8:10AM

Your Comments

I can't help feeling Robbie it being a little obstinate here and that the club have been very reasonable with their new offer as Laws explains above. Some Clarets fans may feel there is more to turning down the offer than meets the eye and the suspicion that Laws and Blake have not totally seen eye to eye may resurface.
turfmanphil
As Jose Mourinho said recently NO INDIVIDUAL IS BIGGER THAN THE CLUB. He was indirectly telling Ronaldo, the team will not be dictated by one player. As much as Robbie is loved he must remember it was a great offer for a 34 year old of his obvious pace. I wonder if in the last 12 games of the season he will be playing 90 minutes every week for his new club? Will they be Premier League Promotion Candidates or relegation contenders? Or maybe even a different league?
VinRogue
ANYWAY, stop worrying about Robbie, and getting into a state trying to predict where he's going to end up... and click on 'Vital Burnley forums' at the top of this page, then on 'World Cup and all that Jazz'... and SIGN UP for CD's World Cup Prediction League. There are prizes, and you just know it's going to be more fun than watching England, after their bland warm-up performances! Who knows, Robbie may yet sign up and end up in Dale's league too!!!
Couch Potato
Yes agree i think the Club have done everything to keep Blake but Blake seems his future is with another Club. What ever gone on with the player and the Club or manager its all in the past now, his stunner against Man U was one of my highlights of last season.
Fedupclaret
Fact is, Robbie didn't fancy what was on offer. He's entitled to that of course, but perhaps he thinks he can do better elsewhere by getting more money or more football. His fitness is good but don't think he will be a first choice anywhere now unless he drops down a division and he is too good for that. Perhaps his departure might allow a few of the other players chance to express themselves.
RickersTwickers
 

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