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Kalinic agent slams Rovers

July 23, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Nikola Kalinic's agent has been left fuming at the conduct of Backburn Rovers after claiming the club have flatly refused to discuss the possible £6 million sale of his client to Ukrainian side Dnipro.

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PA PhotosNikola Kalinic has seen his playing time at Blackburn limited under Steve Kean

Kalinic, 23, was a regular starter at Ewood Park under former manager Sam Allardyce but became increasingly marginalised under current Rovers boss Steve Kean in the second half of last season, starting just seven times for the club in 2011.

The Croatia frontman is now keen to end his association with Rovers, though his representative Tomislay Erceg believes the club are making it difficult for Kalinic to leave, an approach he deems wholly unprofessional.

"Nikola has been disrespected by the club. He tried all day to speak to them about his transfer request," Erceg told the Daily Mirror.

"We even called India to speak to the owners and to the manager Steve Kean, but no-one would talk to us. There is an offer in, and it is worth more than £6 million with bonuses.

"Nikola does not want to play for Blackburn again. I spoke to him [Kean] three months ago and he said he [Kalinic] was his best player. Then he never plays him after that.

"Nikola cannot play for Croatia if he does not get in the Blackburn team. He has to go. He is finished there."