Millwall not 'selling club' – Boss talks with owner but admits players could be 'sought after'

GARY Rowett has insisted Millwall are not a “selling club” – but conceded his players will attract attention in the next transfer window if they are doing well.

Last week a national newspaper report claimed Aston Villa were eying £10million-rated Jed Wallace, but Wallace shrugged off speculation when he spoke to NewsAtDen.

Rowett revealed he has had discussions with owner John Berylson about potential interest in their players.

“I spoke to John several times on this since joining and John’s said the same thing: We’re not a selling club, we’re not here to sell players, it’s not something we want to do,” Rowett said.

“If we sell players then a vast amount of that would be invested into the club. It would be our decision.

“My take on it has always been the same. If we do our job properly as a management staff then players will be sought after by other clubs.

“You can’t have it both ways. You want players to perform well and if they perform well then other clubs will look at them, just as we’ll look at players at other clubs performing well to see if we can try and sign them.

“It’s not something I’m concerned about. It’s something that happens in December, you get all sorts of different rumours. A lot of them have zero foundation.

“We’re pretty relaxed about it.”

Meanwhile, Rowett has spoken about what Connor Mahoney needs to do to force his way into the side on a regular basis.

There were big expectations on Mahoney when he joined for a seven-figure sum from Premier League Bournemouth in the summer.

Mahoney started well and had two assists as Millwall won their first two league games at The Den, but he has struggled to impose himself in some games.

“There are a couple of things and I’ve spoken to Connor about it,” Rowett said. “It’s about finding that consistency and also, with any player, you have to be able to trust that they’re going to do the other side of the game, not just in possession.

“We felt Connor did really well against Swansea but then didn’t affect the game as much as we’d like in a physical game against Wigan. We felt some of the games since would have been similar and that’s why he’s not started.

“He showed coming on the pitch against Forest in a short period of time that he’s got loads of quality. Anyone with that quality you want to see it matched with the trust off the ball. That’s something he has to learn.

“He’s a top young player, he’s got loads of potential and it’s up to us to try to get that potential out.”

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John Kelly