Blackburn Rovers playmaker Bradley Dack has claimed that he “will make sure” that he plays in the Premier League in the future.
The 26-year-old was a key man for Tony Mowbray in the first half of the season, scoring 10 goals and providing three assists, but suffered a nasty ligament injury in December.
It is understood that it may take until the end of 2020 to properly recover from that issue.
He said: “There’s a line between confidence and arrogance but I would always back my ability and say yes.
“I believe I’m among the top players in the Championship and you have to have that mindset if you want to go to the next level.
“I’m an ambitious person, I want to play at the highest level I can, and that’s the Premier League, and hopefully that’s with Rovers.
“That would be the dream and the aim to get there with Blackburn.”
Dack added: “If the boys could do it this season, if it finishes, without needing my help that would be brilliant.
“But I’d love to be part of it if I could. A few of the boys have done it from the Championship to the Premier League and I speak to them about it all the time.
“They say it’s the best feeling and obviously to play in the Premier League in top stadiums every week would be an amazing experience and something I want to do in my career and something I will make sure happens.”
In Dack’s absence, Blackburn have climbed up the Championship table since the turn of the year and had moved to within three points of the top six before the delay to the season.
They will be hoping that they get the chance to complete the 2019/20 campaign on the pitch and can continue their promotion push.
Making it to the Premier League would likely ease any concerns Rovers have about the 26-year-old’s future.
Dack current deal expires next summer, though they do have the option for a 12-month extension, which you’d imagine they’re likely to trigger.
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This is a strong claim from the Englishman but it’s hard to disagree with him.
Dack has been sensational for Rovers over the past few years and you do feel it is only a matter of time before he gets a chance in the top flight.
The Ewood Park faithful will, of course, be hoping that comes with the North West club but that remains to be seen.
The playmaker suffered a really nasty injury earlier this season and you’d hope we see him back to his best as soon as possible.