Warburton: Why would I sell Bees' star man Forshaw?

Going nowhere: Bees boss Mark Warburton is keen to keep hold of Adam Forshaw

Going nowhere: Bees boss Mark Warburton is keen to keep hold of Adam Forshaw

First published in Sport Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Brentford boss Mark Warburton has insisted star midfielder Adam Forshaw is concentrating on starting the new Championship campaign at Griffin Park.

The Bees reportedly turned down an approach for the 22-year-old midfielder from former boss Uwe Rosler's Wigan Athletic this week, with the Latics expected to step up efforts to sign the former Everton man.

Forshaw, who played 45 minutes in Tuesday's 4-0 friendly defeat to OC Osasuna, was named League One player of the year last term as Brentford secured promotion to the Championship.

And as far as Warburton is concerned he'll be spearheading the club's campaign when things get underway on August 9.

"Adam has two years to run on his contract and we have made it very clear how much we value him," the Griffin Park chief told the club's website.

"His recent comments are very supportive and he is looking forward to coming out and playing for us.

"It was always the plan for him to play 45 minutes on Tuesday. He'll play an hour on Saturday and hopefully he'll be fit for the start of the season.

"Whatever we do I'd like to think we do it in a professional manner. If that cannot be said of another club then I can't comment on that.

"Why would we sell the League One play of the year to a rival club?"

Former Watford man Tommy Smith missed Tuesday's defeat due to a calf problem, but Warburton is keen to keep him involved.

"Tuesday was all about getting more players 90 minutes," said the manager.

"It was our fourth warm up game and now we will prepare for Crystal Palace on Saturday, which in turn will prepare us for the start of the season.

"Tommy was desperate to play, but we will hope to get him involved at the weekend. We were a very young side on Tuesday and we could have done with his experience.

"We are talking with him. It is about making sure everything is right for all parties. The feedback is he is enjoying things with us and we'll take it from there."

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