Rochina's Rovers future still uncertain
RUBEN Rochina says he will assess his Blackburn Rovers future again in the summer after joining Real Zaragoza on loan last week.
Rochina was perhaps the most surprising departure of the January transfer window as he was allowed to depart shortly before the deadline to return to his native Spain on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old made his debut for Zaragoza as a substitute in their 1-1 draw at Malaga on Sunday and is determined to prove himself with the Primera Liga club.
But he will still have two years left on his Ewood contract when that loan deal expires and says he will wait to see what happens about his longer term future.
“A loan was the only possibility to leave Blackburn now, but we’ll see what happens in June,” said Rochina, who joined Rovers in January 2011.
“There is an option to purchase and many things can happen.
“My desire is to do the best possible and I came with the idea of success.
“It’s my moment, my time to prove I have the football for the Primera (Liga).
“Two years in England, the first in the Premier League and then half a year in the second division, have given me experience and I have learned things.”
Rovers boss Michael Appleton has since revealed that Rochina had already been told he was being left out of the starting line-up for Saturday’s game against Bristol City, and thinks that may have played a part in the former Barcelona youngster’s desire to depart.
Rochina himself tweeted that ‘my decision to leave Blackburn was only looking for playing minutes, not because I want leave the club’.
And the Spaniard told El Periodico de Aragon that the transfer developed very swiftly on deadline day.“It was very quick,” he said. “He spoke to me about Zaragoza and about the possibility that existed.
“In six hours everything was solved. I lived a very crazy day, with many calls, but everything went well.
“I spoke with the captain and the coach after training. I said to them that a very good opportunity had arisen, that I was two years away from home and wanted to go home to be close to my family, my friends and my people.
“Yes I pressed them a little, but I think they understood it.”
And Rochina was full of praise for the Rovers supporters, many of whom felt confused that he was being allowed to leave.
“It is logical that they do not understand, because I was playing well this season and making goals,” he said.
“It had not been spoken about my departure and I guess the fans were taken by surprise.
“But the opportunity was great for me, although I am grateful for their messages of support and everything that they have helped me with in these two years. I am very pleased with how they have treated me.”
Meanwhile, DJ Campbell has expressed his determination to help Rovers reach the Premier League as he waits for his move to Ewood Park to finally go through.
Campbell was set to join Rovers from QPR on a two-and-a-half-year deal before the transfer window shut on Thursday, only for the club to miss the deadline.
Michael Appleton, however, hopes to sign the duo on temporary deals when the loan window reopens on Friday .
“Thank you to all BRFC fans for their nice tweets,” Campbell said on Twitter.
“I’ll be doing my very best to repay you all with the goals to help get back to the Prem!”
Rovers’ Portuguese midfielder Paulo Jorge is set to join Bulgarian side Beroe Stara Zagora on loan for the rest of the season. Iain Brunskill, who was recently sacked from his role on the Rovers coaching staff, has been lined up to become the new manager of Maltese side Floriana.