Blackburn open Zurab contract talks

Blackburn Rovers have opened talks with defender Zurab Khizanishvili over signing a new deal.

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The Georgian international, 26, still has 18 months to run on his current contract at Ewood Park, but the club is keen on extending those terms.

Khizanishvili, a £500,000 signing from Rangers, has only featured in three games for Rovers this season.

The Lancashire Telegraph understands that he has spoken to manager Mark Hughes to clarify his position, and during that conversation he was told that the club are willing to talk to him about extending his contract.

The two parties have since held initial talks, and are confident a deal can be struck.

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