Blur drummer DAVE ROWNTREE has dismissed rumours he is set to leave the group after their upcoming summer (09) shows - insisting he will fit his legal career around his time in the band.
The percussionist is currently studying for a law degree and has taken up an internship at a London law firm - prompting rumours he is to leave the newly reformed rockers later this year (09).
But Rowntree is adamant his role in Blur takes precedence over his other activities.
He says in a statement to NME.com, "As anyone who follows the band will know, we all have interests outside Blur.
"I am currently at law school, about to sit the exams for the first part of my training as a solicitor. I am fitting my studies around our preparation for the shows in the summer.
"I have one more year of academic training to complete, but if we decide to do more as Blur, I will obviously continue to fit my studies around the band and not the other way round. Whatever else I do, first and foremost I am a musician."