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Friday, 5 July, 2002, 06:53 GMT 07:53 UK
Leicester's Izzet warning
Turkey's Muzzy Izzet and Brazil's Gilberto Silva compete for the ball
Izzet made his World Cup debut in the semi-final
Leicester have insisted they will not accept a reduced offer from Middlesbrough for Turkish midfielder Muzzy Izzet.

Boro made an offer for Izzet during last season but a deal was put on hold until after the World Cup.

But the 6m-rated midfielder is expected to reopen talks after a short holiday.

Izzet is keen to return to the Premiership, following Leicester's relegation last season.

He said: "I have only been concentrating on the World Cup, but obviously I want to be part of the Premiership next season.

"The bid from Middlesbrough is still on the table and I will be speaking to Steve McClaren about that.

"We will then wait and see what happens."

But Leicester director of football Dave Bassett says the club's valuation of their star player will remain at 6m.

"That is the price on Muzzy's head - and it hasn't changed.

"Why should we reduce our price for our best player, who has just helped his country finish third in the World Cup?" said Bassett.

Izzet only played 13 minutes of football during Turkey's World Cup campaign, but believes the experience of being involved has helped him as a player.

"I would have liked to have played more, but you can't help but learn from being in an environment like that.

"I have been working alongside top class players who are playing in some of the best leagues in the world.

"It will certainly help my development as a player."

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