Last updated : 08 January 2004 By Editor
Speaking to the French newspaper L'Equipe, the
striker spoke of his disappointment of Fulham’s rejection of
United’s bid for him:

“A transfer to Manchester was a good deal for everyone.
[United] offered £8million which was excellent for Fulham. I
am not Ronaldo! And this was a good opportunity for me to
join one the greatest clubs in the world. It was the chance
of my life.

“It is obvious that Manchester will not try to get me again
in six months' time, because they will have found another
striker by then. I really don't understand the president's
opinion. I gave a lot to Fulham, they could have done me
that favour.”

Meanwhile Chris Coleman said last night:

"I saw the comments and I'll nip it in the bud. I understand
that he's disappointed but he has a job to do at Fulham.

"He's a very, very important part of our team and, although
it would be a dream for him to play at Manchester United, us
selling a top striker who has 14 goals in January would be
bad management by me and bad for the club to do that.

"What's happening at the moment is disruptive but we have to
get on with it. I don't like making excuses and I'm not
going to start now."