Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has confirmed that a second bid from Sky Bet Championship rivals Birmingham City for defender Aden Flint has been rejected. The two clubs meet at St Andrews this weekend, and Flint was left out of the Robins starting eleven in the Carabao Cup last night.

Interestingly, an article was released on the official Bristol City website last night revealed that Flint was originally set to start the cup tie against Plymouth Argyle, but there was a last minute change. Assistant head coach Jamie McAllister stated that ‘Aden was due to start tonight’s game but he has a conversation with the gaffer earlier and it was decided that he wouldn’t be involved’.

However, Johnson stated earlier today, as he met the press ahead of this weekend’s Championship clash, that Flint did not refuse to play,

“Aden Flint knocked on the door,  we had a good conversation. He was unselected by me after that conversation.

“I felt it was better for the team that I left Aden out of the team. It doesn’t mean he’s going or the door is closed.

“Aden didn’t refuse to play.

“We have had two solo bids from Birmingham. Neither reached the acceptable valuation for Aden.”

Johnson has previously stated how unhappy he has been for his counterpark Redknapp to speak so openly in the media about his intended pursuit of Flint. Nevertheless, earlier today he is a ‘top, top manager and I always enjoy listening to him.’ Flint is unlikely to be selected in the Bristol City squad that travels to Birmingham on Saturday.