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Blackburn defender Michel Salgado is hoping to extend his stay at the club, as he believes Rovers could be on the verge of success under new owners Venky's.

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Salgado, a former Spain international who spent the majority of his illustrious career with Real Madrid, admitted that the sacking of former manager Sam Allardyce was a disappointment, but feels he is happy and settled in English football and, with the club's Indian owners promising significant investment, hopes to be a part of the adventure at Ewood Park for at least another year.

"I have to thank Sam. He was one of the main reasons I came to England and signed here," Salgado told the Daily Star. "I am enjoying the Premier League and enjoying Blackburn. It's about a new manager, new owners and the fans. But if it's about the lifestyle, enjoying the Premier League and enjoying Blackburn, then I am really happy here."

Salgado moved from the Bernabeu to Blackburn in 2009, eager to test himself in the Premier League. The 35-year-old acknowledged the challenge of a new country and a new style of football has been everything he expected it to be, but believes he is coping well and still has a lot to offer.

With his current contract due to expire in May, Salgado hopes to secure an extension, as he believes the club could be about to enter a successful period.

"In the Premier League it's very physical. I am feeling fit and I can recover and still enjoy it," Salgado said. "One of the main reasons I'd like to stay and have one more year is because we have a little more chance to do something big."

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