Flint Asking Price Must Be Met
Lee Johnson has again insisted, having left Aden Flint out of Bristol City side that beat Plymouth on Tuesday, Birmingham's ongoing interest in the defender will fail unless his asking price is met.
Flint was in line to face Plymouth in the League Cup before the decision to remove him from the squad amidst ongoing interest from Birmingham, which has seen two bids for the central defender, independent of the joint-bid for Joe Bryan turned down.
Johnson's clear in his mind that 'every player has got a price' but they'll, like Flint, not leave Ashton Gate unless this price is matched, unless those above him, who will always have the final say, decide otherwise.
He told the Official Website: 'At this point we`ve had two bids for Aden Flint without Joe Bryan involved, and both have been rejected. It`s as simple as that. The club have been very strong from the start. Every player has got a price and, unless you meet our price demands, the player will be staying with us - particularly one on a lengthy contract and one that everybody at Bristol City Football Club respects.'
Adding: 'My job here is to get the team performing on a Saturday and a Tuesday. It`s been good to have the owner come out and talk about it. You`ve also got Mark Ashton and any offers will go into him. Of course I`ll advise and be a part of the thought process, but the final say will always go to higher powers than me.'
Johnson went on to say 'the door is still open for Aden' and insisted Flint hadn't refused to play against Plymouth, the boss simply thought it best not to include him following 'their chat on the morning of the game.'
Will he face Birmingham on Saturday? Then again could Flint yet come up against City at St Andrew's?
There's no bad blood between Johnson and Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp though as the City manager is still planning, if Redknapp wants, to share a glass of red with his Blues counterpart at the weekend.
When asked, Johnson went on to tell BBC Radio Bristol: 'Of course. I've spoken to Harry on a three or four occasions since venting my frustration with the current circumstances in the transfer market. Harry is a top, top manager. He's also very good with young managers. I always love listening to his stories. Certainly, once the final whistle goes, I'd be happy - if invited - to join him for a glass of vino.'
Meanwhile, explaining the Engvall return to Sweden Johnson added: 'He is leaving the club on loan. He wants to play (games). He's got a good relationship with the club in Sweden. He's still young, so it's better for him to be playing football than to maybe to nick the odd 10-15 minutes off the bench every now and then.'