Kean: Relegation never mentioned

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Blackburn manager Steve Kean claims Rovers will be able to compete with the top clubs for players in the transfer window - if they survive Sunday's relegation clash at Wolves.

Both sides need to win to be certain of avoiding the drop though much depends upon results elsewhere.

Kean flew to India this week to meet Blackburn's owners but insists the word 'relegation' was never mentioned - only plans for the future in the top flight - saying: "The most important thing was talking about the budget and I know now that that's very healthy, it's going to be a fantastic budget we've got to work with next year."

He added: "What that will definitely mean is attracting good and established players, extension of contracts for people coming to the end of their deals - Junior Hoilett being one of them - and having a budget to go and compete with teams in the top 10.

"We didn't mention any specific players but we mentioned positions and the wage bill we will need to go and get these players."

Asked if the topics of relegation or his future if the club ended up in the npower Championship were addressed, Kean said: "We never spoke about that at all, we spoke about me being in charge of the club for the remainder of my contract and beyond."

Kean added that Blackburn's current form meant they were itching to play the match.

He said: "Wolves have been quite animated - it's 'Beat Blackburn Weekend' it's 'Survival Sunday' down there - but we want to view it as 'Success Sunday' because we are in good form. It's not a case of us fearing going to Wolves, we are going into the game really looking forward to it and to have a really good ding-dong.

"We have been positive against (Manchester) City, (Manchester) United and West Ham and we are not going to sit back and play into their hands, and let them batter us with balls into the box."

Chris Samba, Hoilett and Junior Jones have given Kean a boost by shaking off injury niggles so only long-term absentees Ryan Nelsen and Vince Grella are unavailable.

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