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Thursday, 27 August 2009 14:05

Vaz Te snubs Gaziantepspor move

Forward unsure of future in England

Gaziantepspor manager Jose Couceiro has failed in his attempt to sign Bolton Wanderers’ Portuguese under-21 international Ricardo Vaz Te, after the forward pulled out of a proposed move to Turkey.

Bolton accepted an offer from Gaziantepspor for Vaz Te and the player flew to southern Turkey to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the club. However, having weighed up the situation, the 22-year-old has opted against a move to Couceiro’s team, who are without a win from their opening three games of the new season.

“It is true I had an offer from Gaziantepspor in Turkey, but in the end I rejected the offer," Vaz Te told skysports.com. "I went over to Turkey for talks with the club and everyone there was really nice to me and I was overwhelmed by the reaction towards me.

"I passed a medical and they made me a good offer, but at this point in my career I did not think it was the right move for me."

With Bolton seemingly willing to offload the striker, Vaz Te admits that he is considering his next move, but having suffered with serious injury in recent years, insists his main focus is on returning to action as soon as possible.

"With Bolton accepting an offer for me I am not sure about my future at Bolton. But at the moment I am a Bolton player and I will continue to do my best for them until I am told otherwise.

"I am very open-minded and if an offer comes in that is acceptable to Bolton I will look at it. Obviously if I was to leave Bolton my priority would be to stay in England, but I would also consider offers from anywhere.

"If nothing happens before the close of the transfer window I would also look at a possible loan move if I am not playing regularly at Bolton.

"I am feeling good at the moment and I am back training with the first team. I feel I am two weeks away from being fully-match fit and I am focused on getting back to playing again.”

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