Blackburn chairman John Williams has promised to back new manager Paul Ince in his fight to keep David Bentley at Ewood Park.
Ince used his first media conference as manager as a platform to state he wanted the promising England winger to stay on board.
Bentley stunned the club when former boss Mark Hughes joined Manchester City by stating he wanted to leave as well.
Ince will meet the player and the rest of the squad for the first time when they return for pre-season training on July 7.
Williams has given former England midfielder Ince his full support, whatever he decides.
He said: “There is only player who has publicly stated he would like to leave. Mark Hughes had said before, with my support, ‘no you can’t’ to David Bentley.
“We will have to see where Paul is. It is a new regime, a new man. He will want to sit down with David, I am sure. What he will get is the same support from me in that arena that Mark did.”
Ince has signed a three-year contract – with a proviso to get his Uefa Pro Licence in two years – after learning his trade in League Two.
Ince has thanked the board for receiving dispensation from the league to enable him to get his badges, starting with the Uefa ‘B’ licence, run by the FA.
He said: “The chairman has worked very hard to get the green light.
“It would have been very easy for him with the problems regarding the badges to go and get someone else.
“But he pursued the matter and has given me an opportunity, which is fantastic.”
Ince now wants a long-term career after leading MK Dons to promotion, which came on the back of preventing Macclesfield dropping out of the league.
He said: “The last thing I want to do is keep going from club to club. “I want some stability in my managerial career and learn and experience life in the Premier League. This is the best place for me.”