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Blackburn eager to keep hold of Ireland's Shane Duffy amid Premier League interest

The promising centre-back is in the final year of his contract at Ewood Park.

 Shane Duffy made two appearances for Ireland at Euro 2016.
Shane Duffy made two appearances for Ireland at Euro 2016.

BLACKBURN ROVERS MANAGER Owen Coyle says that he would like to keep Shane Duffy at the club and indicated that he would open contract talks with the player.

Republic of Ireland international Duffy is in the final year of his contract at Ewood Park and has been linked with clubs such as Celtic as well as Premier League outfit Swansea City after impressing at Euro 2016.

However, the new Blackburn boss is determined to keep hold of the 24-year-old, as well as midfielder Ben Marshall, whose contract is also nearing expiry.

“Ben’s a wonderfully talented player and I have indicated to him, as I will with Shane Duffy and anybody in that situation, that at Blackburn Rovers we’d love to have them here,” Coyle is quoted saying in the Lancashire Telegraph.

“All we can do is enter into that dialogue, present something to the players and their representatives, and see where we go from there.

“That’s certainly in my mind to keep those good players and try and be proactive in doing that.

“Decisions will have to be made at some point and then we’ll take it from there.”

Duffy joined Blackburn from Everton in September 2014 and has made 60 league appearances in two seasons, scoring five goals.

The Derry native was included in the Ireland squad for Euro 2016, featuring against Italy and France.

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