Warburton Has No Desire To Sell Britt
Manager Mark Warburton has said that he and Nottingham Forest expect interest in striker Britt Assombalonga, but there's certainly 'no desire' to sell the player this window.
Warburton was speaking to the Nottingham Post this week with speculation about Assombalonga continuing to grow - latterly links to Burnley as a potential replacement for Andre Gray possibly - and our gaffer freely admitted that every player has a price on their head but that doesn't mean he wasn't 'looking forward' to working with the front man and nor did Forest have any 'desire' to sell him and cash in.
In fact Warburton said that he'd been told by Evangelos Marinakis that no players needed to be sold moving forward to comply with the division's Financial Fair Play regulations.
Our £5.5million capture has been reportedly linked to the likes of Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town and Burnley in recent weeks but following recovery from his lengthy knee injury he hit 14 goals last season as we avoided the drop, and Warburton is very much looking forward to his goals pushing us on this campaign.
Warburton is not shocked that there is speculation about the DR Congo international's future.
'I would be surprised if there was not talk about Britt, or Ben Osborn, or other players in the squad, because we have good players. Good players are always sought after by other clubs. It is as simple as that. But as is the case with any player at any club in the world, they have a price on them.'
Having said that, Warburton went on to say.
'I do not want Britt to go anywhere. He is a goal scorer. He showed his value at the end of last season. We know what he can do. He had to overcome a very difficult injury and has shown great character to do so. I am looking forward to working with him going forward. If a club comes in with a bid that represents good business for Nottingham Forest, we will do what any other club would do. But we do not want him to go anywhere. It is clear. He is working hard on the training ground.'
Speaking about the financial position of the club and the plans our new owners have when it comes to FFP, Warburton said player sales would not factor into that moving forward.
'We have not got to sell any players. The new owners have come in and have been so supportive so far. I have been very impressed with the work they have done in a short space of time. Our job is to build a squad of players. The support of the new owners has been magnificent and it is our job to work closely together. We have to make sure our squad is as strong as possible; to keep working hard to produce a competitive side.'
Clearly that also applies to our talented youngsters.
'If a deal is on the table that is good for Forest, that does not show a lack of ambition or desire. It is just good business practice. But right now we do not want to lose any of our better players. Far from it. But rest assured, if we do lose any players, we will make sure the quality of the team is maintained.'