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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 December, 2003, 09:04 GMT
English trio go for Rivaldo
Exclusive by John May

Brazilian star Rivaldo has offers from three English clubs
Rivaldo could be playing Premiership football after being offered deals by three English clubs.

The Brazilian will consider the offers, the only ones put in front of him so far, this week.

World Cup winner Rivaldo is currently without a club after being released by European Champions AC Milan.

His associate Jorge Gama told this website: "He will arrive in Brazil on Thursday, when he will look at all the offers.

"We have three offers from English Premiership teams who are interested in Rivaldo.

"At the moment, they are the only three offers that will be put in front of him."

Although Gama would not name the teams, he did rule out any interest from Liverpool for the 31-year-old.

Gama said: "I know there has been speculation in the English papers linking Rivaldo with Liverpool, but all I can tell you is that they are not one of the clubs whose offer will be put before him.

It's not a question of money with him, he wants to play in the right team
Rivaldo's associate Jorge Gama

"I don't know whether he will accept them, but they are the only ones who are showing interest in him at the moment."

Rivaldo has already expressed an interest in joining Chelsea and his wage demands narrows down the possible Premiership clubs who could bid for his services.

Gama warned: "His contract with Milan made him the highest paid player in the world.

"He had an offer to play in Qatar for $1m a month, but he turned that down.

"It's not a question of money with him, he wants to play in the right team."

RIVALDO'S CAREER
Born: 19/4/72 in Recife
1988: Signs for Paulista
1993: Joins Corinthians
1995: Joins Deportivo La Coruna
1997: Joins Barcelona for 16m
2000: Named Fifa World Player of the Year
2002: Wins World Cup with Brazil
2002: In August, joins AC Milan
2003: In December, Released by AC Milan

Former Fifa World Player of the Year Rivaldo joined Milan after Brazil's World Cup triumph in Japan.

But he has been spectacularly unable to hold down a place in the Rossoneri team.

Last season he started just 16 Serie A matches, and eight Champions League games, and only made the bench in the final at Old Trafford.

This season has been even worse for Rivaldo, who has been almost completely overlooked by Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.

He was due to leave the San Siro in September but decided to stay on.

But this term he has made only one substitute appearance in the Champions League, and has not played in Serie A.

Despite his failure to work his way into the Milan team, he remains a regular for Brazil.

This season he has played five internationals for the World Champions, including four World Cup qualifying matches.

Gama said: "He's keeping himself fit and he's still considered good enough to play in the Brazilian national team."



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