Jussi Rejects New Contract

  • June 14, 2007 | By Chris Mann
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Jussi Jaaskelainen's agent Peter Harrison has confirmed the Bolton goalkeeper has turned down a new contract.

Jaaskelainen's contract expires next summer and he has been in talks with the club since last summer.

But it is still unknown whether or not the Finnish international will leave the Reebok or see out the last year of his contract, however Bolton will hope they can persuade him to stay.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Peter Harrison said:

"Jussi has turned down his contract with Bolton.

"He is happy to see out the last year of his current contract at the Reebok but at the moment that's as far as it goes.

"He has given 10 years' great service to Bolton and he is recognised as one of the top three keepers in the Premiership, if not the best.

"The goalkeeping position is a difficult one to fill. You only have to look at other clubs who have spent fortunes on overseas keepers and they haven't worked out.

"Jussi has never given Bolton any problems because he is solid and reliable, he just wants what he feels he is worth."

Jaaskelainen signed for Bolton in November 1997 in a £100,000 transfer from Finnish side VPS Vaasa, he is currently the clubs longest serving player, ahead of Ricardo Gardner.

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