Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson won’t block Ghanaian forward Antoine Semenyo’s departure

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson says he will stand Antoine Semenyo’s way if he decides to leave the club ahead of next season.

The 22-year-old had an amazing campaign in the English Championship, scoring 8 goals and providing 12 assists in 32 games.

Semenyo has become a subject of interest for several clubs due to his outstanding performance.

It is said West Ham, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, plus newly promoted Bournemouth and Fulham are all interested in the Ghanaian.

However, Nigel Pearson, who expects Semenyo to stay says he will not block the enterprising forward from departing the club.

“I don’t spend too much time worrying about that. I think we will, in time, have decisions to make on him but hopefully he’ll be here this year,” Pearson told BBC Radio Bristol.

“Would I stand in his way of going to top a Premier League side? Absolutely not. But it would have to be the right deal for us, as a team. As a football club, the financial offset for losing someone like Antoine is going to be considerable and people need to be aware of that.

“We don’t want to be a selling club, we want to keep our best player, of course we do, but the reality of where we are is there are times when that stance will be stretched and it will be questioned, and what we have to do is make the right decision for us as a football club.

“We’ll have a better chance of succeeding next year if Antoine is here.“But if he goes somewhere he’s going to be expensive for somebody.”

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