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Thursday, August 5, 1999 Published at 17:09 GMT 18:09 UK


Anelka: I'm not greedy

Nicolas Anelka insists money was not behind his move to Real Madrid

Nicolas Anelka took a swipe at former club Arsenal as he officially signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid, insisting money was not behind his £23.5m move.

The 20-year-old French striker explained to Spanish reporters: "Real is a bigger club than Arsenal."

[ image: Anelka will make his debut on Saturday against Red Star Belgrade]
Anelka will make his debut on Saturday against Red Star Belgrade
Anelka, whose planned transfer to Italian side Lazio fell down amid suggestions he would have to accept a substantial pay cut, said money did not interest him.

"I'm not concerned with the millions. I'll do my best during my time with Real Madrid so that people don't think only of the $37.5 million that I cost," he said.

"For a long time I have wanted to play in Spain. Being at Real is even better."

The Real thing

Accompanied by his two brothers, Claude and Didier, who act as his agents, Anelka blamed the English media for his problems at Highbury.

"After what happened to me in England, it couldn't get worse. I don't have any problems with Arsenal. My only problem was with the English press," he said.

Anelka will make his debut on Saturday in a friendly against Red Star Belgrade and could line-up alongside former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman.

The Spanish season kicks off on August 22 when Real Madrid meet Mallorca.

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