N'Zonzi hands in transfer request, confirms Blackburn boss Kean

The Frenchman's manager reveals that the 23-year-old wants to leave Ewood Park, but insists that the development will not see a mass exodus of players from the club

Blackburn midfielder Steven N'Zonzi has handed in a transfer request, manager Steve Kean confirmed on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old signed a five-year deal with Rovers in 2010 after a £500,000 transfer from third-tier French club Amiens SC.

But Kean has admitted that N'Zonzi is now eager to leave the Lancashire outfit following their relegation to the Championship last season, but claims that the club are yet to receive any offers for the player.

"He's asked for a transfer, hence why he never went to Austria," the Scot told Sky Sports.

"He doesn't want to play for the club any longer. I've had meetings with his father and he wants to play elsewhere.

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"We'll be listening to offers but as it stands he remains under contract and we haven't had any offers at all."

Blackburn have lost several instrumental players from last year's campaign, with Junior Hoilett expected to be the next big name through the exit door.

However, they have recruited Danny Murphy, Leon Best and Portugal star Nuno Gomes and the Rovers chief does not expect the exodus to continue.

Kean added: "It will be natural that we might lose one or two but it won't be six or seven that we're going to be losing. We're not actively trying to move anybody on.”