Troy Deeney reveals how Birmingham City players are dealing with takeover speculation

Blues forward Troy Deeney alluded to the takeover during an interview with the club

Birmingham City striker Troy Deeney has said Birmingham City’s players are ‘just trying to concentrate on our job’ with mounting speculation over a club takeover.

British businessman Laurence Bassini is expected to complete the takeover of Birmingham.

However, it’s been reported that the former Watford owner has been given a deadline of June 30 to complete a purchase.

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Troy Deeney

The club’s owners have reportedly been getting frustrated as Bassini is yet buy-out BSHL’s largest shareholder, Vong Pech, who will sell his 21.64% stake in the club.

Blues players were at Coventry University on Monday (20 June), where they were put through their paces by partaking in a number of strength and stamina tests in the University’s elite laboratory.

And the players are now just one week away from heading to Portugal on their pre-season tour and less than two weeks away from the first pre-season fixture against Portimonense.

‘There’s a lot of outside noise’

Speaking to about pre-season, Deeney alluded to the takeover, saying:“There’s a lot of a new people, the lads that have been out on loan, so it’s good to introduce myself to them.

“There’s a lot of noise outside about what’s going on, so we are just trying to concentrate on our job and make this group as strong as possible.”

He added: “For me it is massive. I think that was a big part of the problem last year. I was playing catch-up all the time. All these six weeks now are designed to prepare you for a certain style of football, shape and format.

“And now I know the boys better. Especially with the trip to Portugal coming up, that is where we can really unite the group and make sure everyone is on it together. I am looking forward to it.”

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