Youri Djorkaeff: Bolton Broke Contract Agreement

  • May 22, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Youri Djorkaeff has revealed he was willing to extend his time at Bolton, only for the club to pull out of an agreement back in 2004.

After a successful loan spell in the second half of the 2001/02 campaign, Djorkaeff returned from the World Cup in Japan and South Korea that summer as a full-time fixture at the Reebok Stadium having made his move from Kaiserslautern permanent.

An impressive return of 20 goals in 81 appearances followed and contract talks appeared to have reached a positive conclusion as the 2003/04 season drew to a close.

The 52-year-old - now CEO of the FIFA Foundation - claims Wanderers officials changed their minds over the course of that summer and although they offered to renegotiate terms to reflect a reduced role in the team, Djorkaeff decided to leave in search of regular football in the final stages of his playing career.

"When I left for the holidays, we had an agreement for the next season," Djorkaeff told Bolton Wanderers podcast - Here We Go Again.

"During my break, they (Bolton) broke this arrangement.

"I didn't understand why and the explanation didn't justify this.

"I was always fair with the club. I didn't need to sign a piece of paper. If I shake hands, this is my way in my life.

"They told me I would have a position but we needed to renegotiate the contract.

"I said 'if you want to make some movement, don't worry, but let me know because I'm leaving'.

"In this club, I'm not here to make an adjustment to be half of what I am.

"I signed, I came here and if I have to leave I will. I'm not here to play two games, one game.

"This is not the way I'm thinking."

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