'No problem with Kenny talks'

Blades boss Kevin Blackwell has hit back at suggestions that contract talks had stalled between the club and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

He said: "The chairman is looking at our expenditure in the future because if you do it the wrong way the club can pay a heavy price in these economic times.

"We are assessing every player who is out of contract next summer in March/ April time but we feel Paddy is important and although his contract has another year at the end of this season it is important to us to offer contract talks sooner rather than later."

Blackwell was quick to play down any talk of Kenny leaving in the transfer window despite reports saying the Republic of Ireland international was unhappy.

He said: "It is up to us if he goes as he is under contract for another 18 months.

"If someone came in with 10 million I would consider it."

Blackwell insisted that football is not immune to economic hardships.

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