By Beck Pascal

21st Dec, 2021 | 7:10am

Chris Sutton urges Brereton Diaz to 'stay' at Blackburn despite Leeds interest

Chris Sutton has warned Leeds United target, Ben Brereton Diaz, that he should stay at Blackburn Rovers despite Premier League interest.  

The 22-year-old has been instrumental in Blackburn’s promotion fight, bagging 19 goals in just 23 games in the Championship. 

Diaz has been a revolution this season with his form earning him an international call up for Chile. 

Sutton said on 606, Premier League clubs are ‘clearly’ interested in the striker given his impressive form this season. 

He added: “It’s an interesting one because if you are Brereton Diaz, at this moment in time,” said Sutton. “He must be loving his football at Blackburn. 

“Blackburn have a chance of getting back into the Premier League and clubs are clearly going to be in for him. 

“You look at another one of my former clubs, Norwich City, who are struggling to score goals. Now Brereton Diaz would be a good signing for Norwich. 

“If I was Brereton Diaz, and the club has been good to him, and he has been good for the club. Blackburn Rovers are in a great position, they have brilliant momentum. I would stay and see it through.”

Dilemma

One issue for the Rovers is that Brereton Diaz is out of contract in the summer,

If he doesn’t leave in January, the centre forward will likely leave on a free in the summer which would be a huge blow to Blackburn. 

As per Eurosport, Leeds and Newcastle are the two clubs fighting for the clinical finishers contract. If one team puts serious money on the table, Blackburn will struggle to turn it down despite wanting to keep their star man. 

If the Rovers do keep hold of the Chilean it will no doubt boost their chances of promotion which could be another route in earning financial gain from the player.

Not only would he pay back the potential fee he could leave for, but Brereton Diaz could also earn the club Premier League status whilst continuing to shine for a summer move. 

However, this could be a good opportunity to turn down for the maestro because if he stays and his form drops or he suffers an injury, his Premier League dream could be put on hold. 

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