Jussi: Bolton Is 'My Team'

  • May 08, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Jussi Jaaskelainen insists he holds no regrets over his 15 year spell at Bolton Wanderers.

Jaaskelainen moved to the Reebok Stadium from Finnish side VPS Vaasa in 1997, with then Wanderers boss Colin Todd paying £100,000 for the young goalkeeper.

Now 37-years-old, Jaaskelainen admits Bolton is his team and he holds no regrets about rejecting moves away from the club over the past decade.

"I haven't regretted anything although Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid and AC Milan all wanted to sign me," Jaaskelainen told Kepes Sport.

"My team is Bolton Wanderers in the good times and in the bad times too, I feel at home at this club."

The former Finland international hasn't featured for Wanderers since a draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on New Year's Eve.

Adam Bogdan has taken over as the regular choice between the sticks and while Jaaskelainen admits he didn't 'fall apart' by his demotion to the bench, he says he didn't find the decision easy to take.

"Bogdan is a submissive, respectful and a very hard-working man, I like working with him," he said.

"I didn't fall apart, but I wouldn't say I easily accepted it.

"Like every goalkeeper, I'm only satisfied when the team sheet starts with my name. But it was in the air that sooner or later he would grab the chance if he got it.

"When I was suspended last year he couldn't stick in the goal but this year when I was injured he showed impressive performances. He deserved his place.

"Our relationship is like in the past. If he asks the opinion of the 'old Jussi', I help him with pleasure."

Jaaskelainen is currently fifth in the list of all time appearances for Bolton Wanderers, with 527 appearances to his name. Only Eddie Hopkinson, Roy Greaves, Alex Finney and Warwick Rimmer have represented the club on more occasions.

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