Hughes: Amoruso headed for Rovers exit

April 6, 2006

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes has confirmed Lorenzo Amoruso is to be shown the door at the end of the season.

Amoruso's impending departure is of no great surprise as the Italian defender has not made a first-team appearance since October 2004.

Since a £1.4million move from Rangers in the summer of 2003, after spending six years at the Ibrox club, Amoruso has made just 21 appearances in total for Rovers.

Injuries have played their part, notably this season as the centre- back has been plagued by knee and ankle problems, with the 34-year-old only recently returning to action in the reserves.

'Lorenzo is out of contract this summer, and it's fair to say he won't be offered another deal,' confirmed Hughes.

'The situation is we've a lot of players we hope will be here for a number of years, meaning opportunities will be limited for him.

'He has managed to get fit again, is training every day and putting in a lot of effort.

'He has done well in the reserve games, and that's credit to him as a professional.'

Amoruso looks certain to return to Italy, where midfielder Vratislav Gresko is currently receiving treatment on a knee injury, and with his future in the balance as he is also out of contract this summer.

'We'll have to wait and see how he is when he returns,' said Hughes on Gresko, who has made more appearances for Slovakia this season than Blackburn, with his last for Rovers on September 18.

'A decision hasn't been made on him as yet, but it will in the next couple of weeks.'

Hughes has also confirmed negotiations have started on a new deal for midfielder Steven Reid, who last week stated he was anxious to pledge his future to the Ewood Park club.

The Republic of Ireland international has played the best football of his career this season, and with only a year remaining on his current contract, Manchester United have been rumoured to be keeping tabs on the situation.

But Hughes said: 'Initial talks have taken place because we'd like to keep him here. We're very keen to sign up Steven for a longer period.

'He's had a great season, and we hope he's going to be an influential player for us for a number of years.'

Blackburn are also on the brink of signing Zurab Khizanishvili to a permanent deal as the centre-back's season-long loan from Rangers ends in just over four weeks' time.

It has been suggested Khizanishvili, who has recently been keeping Andy Todd on the sidelines, will cost a fee of around £500,000.

'His situation is close to being resolved very quickly, although we are mindful he is still a Rangers player,' added Hughes.