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Wednesday, 13 February, 2002, 12:54 GMT
Bolton sign Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff
Djorkaeff has been unhappy at Kaiserslautern
Bolton have completed the signing of French World Cup and Euro 2000 winner Youri Djorkaeff.

The attacking midfielder has joined the Premiership strugglers until the end of the season after being released from his contract with Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern.


Djorkaeff is perhaps the biggest signing in the club's history
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce

"I decided to sign for Bolton because the club really want me," Djorkaeff told the club's official website.

"Sam Allardyce visited me in Germany, he told me he relied on me, and told me I would be in the first-team.

"I am really eager to discover this new challenge, help Bolton stay in the Premier League and regain my place in the international set-up for the World Cup."

Djorkaeff has been capped 78 times and has also played for Paris St Germain and Inter Milan.

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce believes the capture of such an experienced player will boost the club's survival chances.

"Signing a player of Youri's calibre and class underlines our determination to stay in the Premiership," said Allardyce.

"He is an outstanding world-class player and a World Cup winner, and perhaps the biggest signing in the club's history.

"From the club's point of view, it shows our great determination through long and protracted negotiations in getting our man."

Djorkaeff also told Le Parisien newspaper he was undeterred by Bolton's precarious Premiership position as he tries to re-establish his international credentials.

Youri Djorkaeff in action for France against Brazil in last summer's Confederations Cup
Djorkaeff is keen to go to the World Cup

The scorer of 28 international goals for France, Djorkaeff is not in Roger Lemerre's squad to face Romania on Wednesday.

But he believes playing his part in Bolton's relegation fight will help him regain his place in the national side.

"I can now say, I will be there for the next one," said Djorkaeff of Lemerre's next squad selection.

"It was very important for me to have Lemerre's trust, he left me time to negotiate and get myself out of this difficult situation.

"It is even better if they Bolton are not well placed.

"It will be a true challenge for me. We will have three months to fight for survival and all the games will be important.

"I am going to be back to the pace very quick."

Djorkaeff's deal with Kaiserslautern had been due to expire at the end of the season.

But the 33-year-old's relationship with the club had completely disintegrated after he was not picked by coach Andreas Brehme despite recovering from an ankle injury.

Djorkaeff had been so unhappy with his treatment at Kaiserslautern that he had even threatened to reveal 'bad things' about the German club if they blocked his move.

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