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Blackburn insist no decision on Ooijer contract

Blackburn insist they have made no decision on the long-term future of Andre Ooijer.

Erroneous reports suggested recently that Rovers have already told the Dutchman that he is free to leave the club next summer.

By then the 33-year-old will be at the end of the two-year contract he signed when he joined the club in 2006 but Rovers have an option to extend the association by a further season.

Rovers chairman John Williams said: "It's simply not true that we've said to Andre he can leave on a free transfer next summer.

"The situation with his contract is very simple. We signed him on a two-year deal last summer and the club has the option of a further year if we want to extend it.

"The date that clause must be exercised by is around April time, so no decision has to be made just yet.

"All I will say is Andre is a very valuable member of Mark Hughes' squad."

Feyenoord have been strongly tipped to make a move for Ooijer, but the defender, who is preparing for Holland's final Euro 2008 qualifier against Belarus, admits no contact has been made, except for a text appeal from the De Kuip side's players.

"Nothing official is going on - they have not made me an offer. But a number of Feyenoord players have started a kind of text message offensive in a bid to persuade me to join them," revealed Ooijer.

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