Djorkaeff Sad at 'Fantastic' Bolton's Plight

  • May 24, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Youri Djorkaeff says he enjoyed his time at Bolton and admits he is sad to see the club currently languishing in the Championship.

Djorkaeff spent two-and-a-half years at the Reebok Stadium between 2002 and 2004, scoring 20 goals in 81 appearances before being released at the end of his contract at the age of 36.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's UEFA Champions League final, the 1998 FIFA World Cup winner admitted his stay at Inter Milan was the best spell of his career but also gave an honourable mention to Bolton - who took a gamble on him following a disappointing spell in Germany with Kaiserslautern.

"Inter, in general, was a fantastic time because at the time Italy was the best league in the world and you were playing against big teams" Djorkaeff told "But I enjoyed playing at Paris (Saint Germain) and I enjoyed to play in Bolton.

"Bolton was fantastic. My three years in Bolton was totally different. I was a different age, but I found good people in Bolton.

"Jay-Jay Okocha, Ivan Campo and, after, Fernando Hierro. It was a time when Bolton was a good club and I'm a little bit sad now at what is happening to this club.

"I still remember what kind of Wanderers we were, which is good, and I heard Kevin Davies had retired (left) after years!

"Sam Allardyce was the coach and I had some good times in Bolton."

After leaving Wanderers in the summer of 2004, Djorkaeff went on to play three times for Blackburn Rovers, before ending his career in the United States with New York Red Bulls.

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