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Brentford boss insists Said Benrahma is staying put with the club

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank has insisted that Said Benrahma is not going anywhere amid the high-profile interest from the Premier League.

The Algeria international has been in top form for the Championship outfit this term and he has bagged 11 goals and nine assists from 35 appearances.

The Bees resumed their league campaign after the coronavirus shutdown against cross-town rivals Fulham on Saturday and Benrahma was once again the game-changer.

The west London derby was fairly even until the final five minutes of the contest when the 24-year-old came up with a goal and an assist to guide his club to a 2-0 victory.

Speaking after the game, Frank acknowledged that he is aware of the speculation over Benrahma’s future, but he sees no reason why the attacker should pursue a fresh challenge.

“Of course there’s rumours – but he’s not going anywhere, why should he? He’s enjoying playing and why he came, of course we have a good relationship, but it’s because we’ve actually been practising for him being patient, stay away from the ball, stay on the last line and then he can get the tap-ins – and he did that. We’ve actually been practising that the whole week, so it’s quite nice it worked out,” He told.

Benrahma has been the subject of interest from multiple Premier League sides including Arsenal and Chelsea, but it has been recently reported that Leicester City are leading the race to land his signature.

Meanwhile, it has also been claimed that the Bees will seek to keep hold of the exciting trio of Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins for another season, suppose they are promoted to the Premier League.

The capital outfit have not tasted top-flight football for more than seven decades, but they are currently in a good position to make the play-offs with a six-point advantage over seventh-placed Cardiff City with eight games to play.

Elsewhere, they are within eight points of the top two, who are guaranteed automatic promotion to the top tier. They could make ground on those spots, should either West Bromwich Albion or Leeds United continue to drop points like the recent matchday.

The Baggies were left frustrated on Saturday as they played out a dull 0-0 draw against Birmingham City in the west Midlands derby. Leeds, meanwhile, failed to extend their five-match winning streak as they succumbed to a 2-0 loss to Cardiff City on the road.

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