No fringe benfits

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 21st April 2008

Scott Duxbury has denied reports that the club's higher earners will be sold in order to reduce United's burgeoning wage bill.

Some sections of the media took Duxbury's previous comments regarding trimming the squad to mean that top earners such as Freddie Ljungberg and Lucas Neill were on their way out of the club.

But the club's CEO spoke out today to deny speculation by insisting that only fringe players would be departing this summer.

"Our squad is too big," he said. "But we only plan to sell players that are not close of getting into the team.

"We have a very young talented team and experienced star players like Freddie [Ljungberg], Craig Bellamy and Lucas Neill are very important in helping those talents develop."

On Ljungberg specifically - who some sources had claimed would be on his way - Duxbury called the rumours 'nonsense', before somewhat bizarrely claiming that the 30-year-old 'still has his best years ahead of him'.

"Rumours that Freddie is leaving are nonsense," he added. "With his international experience [he] is an important player for West Ham in reaching our goal, to play in Europe. His pedigree stands for itself.

"He he has already shown how important he can be for West Ham when available. He's playing in the Euros this summer for Sweden and is going to be one of the tournament's big stars.

"Freddie is very popular at West Ham and I know that he is very happy at the club."

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