Liam: Deal talks should only take a minute

The defender, who has effectively switched from centre-back to

left-back this season, was reported to have put in a transfer

request. But Blues boss Alex McLeish rubbished this claim and now

Ridgewell insists he wants to stay, with talks having already

opened regarding a new deal. Ridgewell said: “I don’t want to leave

Birmingham, of course not. We’ve had a good season, we’re doing

well – and I’m enjoying it here. “I’ve left the new contract down

to my agent. It’s easier for me to concentrate on my game, the

football, and let the contract take care of itself. “Hopefully we

can come to some sort of agreement and we can get it signed. “I

want to sign and presumably the club want to keep me here as well.

“I’d love it to be done as quickly and as easily as possible.”

Ridgewell is looking for Birmingham to end the season on a

successful note and sustain an unbeaten home record stretching back

to September. He said: “We have got to try and finish the season as

high as we can in the Premier League. “We are in a great position

(ninth) and have just got to try and catch Everton, who are above

us, instead of looking backwards. “It will be fantastic if we can

stay unbeaten at home for the rest of the season.”