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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 November, 2003, 13:33 GMT
Van Nistelrooy unhappy with Advocaat
Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy
Ruud van Nistelrooy has been often substituted by Advocaat
Ruud van Nistelrooy has revealed his relationship with Dutch international coach Dick Advocaat is so poor he no longer trusts the former Rangers manager.

Advocaat has publicly stated his preference for Barcelona forward Patrick Kluivert rather than Van Nistelrooy after the Manchester United striker threw a tantrum during the Euro 2004 qualifier with the Czech Republic when he was replaced.

Advocaat dropped him from the subsequent match with Moldova although the player has since apologised for his actions.

"Considering the fact that he substitutes me systematically, I don't feel any trust in him," Van Nistelrooy was reported as saying by French newspaper L'Equipe, in remarks repeated by Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad

Van Nistelrooy also believes he has no chance of starting in the Euro 2004 play-off matches with Scotland.

He said: "It will be Patrick Kluivert. I have no doubts at all, even though Advocaat hasn't said a word yet.

"I don't like to say it but I feel that it will go like this. I am on the bench against Scotland.

"But OK, the most important thing is that we qualify for Portugal."

Van Nistelrooy continued: "During the qualifiers I have played five matches and in those games I have been substituted four times after 60 to 70 minutes.

"I have asked Advocaat: 'Am I your striker or not? He said yes but looking at the systematic substituting of me I feel no confidence from the manager.

"So I have told him: you have to give me a real chance or you must start with another player.

"I will give 100 percent in the time that I will get then."





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