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Fredi has his say

Posted on 9 January 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Fredi Kanoute has reiterated this afternoon that he has no complaint whatsoever about the club's handling of the Mali affair.

The striker was disappointed to read newspaper reports this morning in which he is claimed to have criticised the club following FIFA's decision to allow him to play for Mali in the African Nations Cup.

He moved quickly to refute that earlier today and sat down with www.spurs.co.uk to give his point of view before travelling to Leeds with the squad this afternoon.

"I'm not happy with the stories because I haven't spoken to any journalists in England, only to one in France and I didn't say those things," he said.

"There have been no problems between me and the club. The journalist has said I was upset with the club because they wanted to prevent me going but this is not true.

"I have had discussions with the manager, the board and Daniel Levy and everything was alright.

"I understand the club's point of view. It's difficult because they didn't think I could go until FIFA made their late decision. That is all I've said.

"It is difficult for me because I didn't want to leave the club in this situation. That's why I was so happy we won the last game because I can now go freer in my mind.

"But for me, it means a lot to play in this competition. It will be an honour."