Blackburn expect Diouf departure

AFP, Saturday 23 Jul 2011

Senegal forward El-Hadji Diouf is expected to leave Blackburn before the start of the season, according to the Premier League club's manager Steve Kean

El-Hadji Diouf

Diouf was fined two weeks' wages after failing to report for pre-season training earlier this month and it now appears he has played his last game for Rovers.

Diouf has been left out of Blackburn's pre-season trip to Hong Kong and Kean revealed several clubs have expressed interest in the former Livepool player, who helped Rangers win the Scottish Premier League title during a loan spell at Ibrox last season.

Meanwhile, Kean is hopeful Zimbabwe striker Benjani Mwaruwari, who is currently out of contract, will sign a new deal with Blackburn after the ex-Manchester City man rejected an initial offer from the club.

"It was a bit of a breakdown in communications," Kean said. "But I've spoken to him now and hopefully we'll have a new offer we can go forward with." 

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