Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes is confident of keeping stars such as Benni McCarthy and Morten Gamst Pedersen beyond Friday's transfer deadline.

"I've been given the backing of my chairman and the board and they said I didn't have to sell anyone, and that's the case," said Hughes.

"They've been good to their word and I haven't wanted to sell anyone either.

"We've still got a week to go but I'm not too concerned about people leaving, and certainly less so than I was about a month ago."