Exclusive: Millwall supremo has "no intention" of selling duo

© David Scriven
© David Scriven

MILLWALL chairman John Berylson says he has "no intention" of selling Liam Trotter or James Henry in January – unless he is offered crazy money.

The midfield duo have both been linked with Premier League clubs in recent months, with Henry reported to be on the radar of Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert just last week.

The Lions have been talking to Trotter about a new contract for over 12 months but Berylson insists he is not concerned that the 24-year-old is yet to commit his long-term future to the club.

"The speculation about James and Liam is irrelevant to me," Berylson told NewsAtDen. "They both have a year-and-a-half on their contracts.

"We've talked to Liam about extending his contract and we'll talk again. I've gotten to know Liam and he's really quite honourable.

"We have no intention of selling them unless we received offers that were way beyond their values – in which case we would sell anybody. But we wouldn't sell if we didn't have replacements."

He added: "We've not really had any enquiries. Henry signed an extension last summer and we'll have the same conversation again next summer.

"We'll see what Trotter does but I think he has handled himself extremely well."

Berylson believes the club learnt valuable lessons in the wake of Steve Morison's move to Norwich in 2011 and says, if a key player was sold again, he would reinvest the funds differently.

"We've sold one significant player during my tenure," he reflected. "We'd never come into that kind of cash before.

"Perhaps we didn't utilise it as well as we could have. We waited and we were too late on a lot of targets. That's why we have moved so quickly on Chris Wood."

In addition to Trotter and Henry, questions have also been raised about the futures of Danny Shittu and Chris Taylor, who only signed one-year deals in the summer.

But Berylson expects talks about extensions to begin in the New Year: "We're not going to talk to anybody until January. The players know that.

"A lot depends on how we're doing – then we'll decide on what offers to make."



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