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Chamakh lashes out at Bordeaux

Marouane Chamakh
Moroccan striker Chamakh is keen on a move to the English Premier League

Marouane Chamakh has criticised his French club Bordeaux for standing in the way of a "dream" move to Arsenal.

Chamakh has made it clear he wants to leave France for the English Premier League but has yet to find a club.

The Morocco striker claims Bordeaux are pricing him out of a move to Arsenal but Arsenal have refused to confirm whether they have made a bid.

Chamakh told French daily newspaper, L'Equipe, that he deserves better after seven years at Bordeaux.

He is quoted as saying: "I am angry. I am even disgusted. I don't understand why people are doing this to me.

"Ever since I've played football, I've given my all for this club and for the fans. I believe I deserve more consideration."

Chamakh has also been linked with another English Premier League club Sunderland.

But Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc insisted he would not sanction a switch to the Black Cats, maintaining he will only let his striker move to a team he estimates are of a higher standing than Bordeaux.

Chamakh added in L'Equipe: "To go to Arsenal, it's my dream. I am a year from the end of my contract and the club (Bordeaux) wants to make it all about money. What the club is asking for isn't fair.

"With (Bordeaux coach) Laurent Blanc, everything is clear. Even though I wanted to go to a club like Sunderland, I can understand that the coach sees things like that, that he reckons it is a step back.

"But now, it is a club from England's big four."

Chamakh did not play a part in Bordeaux's 2-0 win over Villarreal last night.

The club released a statement which said the striker had fallen ill over the weekend.



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