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Thursday, 20 May 2010 20:48

Vaz Te seeking fresh start after leaving Bolton

Forward thankful to English club

Former Portuguese under-21 international Ricardo Vaz Te has been speaking about his time with Bolton Wanderers, after it was decided that his contract will not be renewed this summer.

Vaz Te moved to the Rebok Stadium seven years ago, at the age of just 17, from Farense, and was often tipped to take the Premier League by storm. However, despite early glimpses of promise, the winger has seen his career in English football severely disrupted by injuries.

Now 23, Vaz Te must find a new club, after Bolton boss Owen Coyle decided against offering him a new contract, after his current deal expires on June 30th. The Lisbon native has made just 59 appearances during his seven seasons with the Trotters, and fully accepts the decision for he and the club to part ways.

“It’s fair,” he told The Bolton News. “It’s a good decision from the manager not to offer me a new deal. I’m glad in a way. The last three years have been very frustrating. I’ve never felt fit and then would break down.

“It would have been hard to say no to Bolton because I’ve had such a great time but I didn’t want to stay. People will look at it that I was let go but it was a mutual decision. I was never going to get my contract renewed and it was time to go. But it has been for some time.

“I need a fresh start. I need to go somewhere where I’m appreciated and given a chance. There’s been nothing positive in the last three years, just negative. I’ve had an amazing time but it’s been a tough couple of years. It’s been so frustrating but it’s been an honour and a pleasure to play for Bolton.”

Despite the frustrations of the last three season, during which he has barely played, Vaz Te is keen to point to the highlights of his time at Bolton, having joined during the highly-successful period the club enjoyed under former boss Sam Allardyce.

“I wish the club all the best. The fans have always been brilliant to me. They have always made me feel loved. If I was out people would always recognise me and say something. That’s my biggest regret; that they never saw me fully fit in the last three years. I feel sorry for them.

“I was part of the club’s history: the first time the club got into Europe and then reached the last 32. I played with some world-class footballers: Okocha, Hierro, Ivan Campo, El-Hadji Diouf, the list goes on. To be in a dressing room with those players, and to be respected by them, was an honour and no one will ever take that away from me.

“It was a perfect time for me; I was 17, in good health and playing football. But now I must write a new history somewhere else.”

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Comments (5)
5 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 07:55
Welcome to Panionios Ricardo!
4 Friday, 21 May 2010 08:46
I'm a huge Benfica & Chelsea fan and actually saw Vaz Te play a few years ago and he seemed to have all the right ingredients to make it as a top professional (speed, strength and good on the ball). However, he has lost his way recently with injuries and probably a lack of motivation so leaving Bolton is definitely a good thing for him. Personally, I think Braga should take a look at him as he could be a quality squad player (at a cost that suits Braga), especially with the prospect of champions league football?
Good news
3 Friday, 21 May 2010 04:10
He's definitly a talented player. Needs playing time, so this is good news for his career.
vaz te
2 Thursday, 20 May 2010 22:57
classy kid...come to sporting young man you are definitely welcome...
Vaz Te
1 Thursday, 20 May 2010 20:53
He should return to Portugal

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