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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 May, 2004, 13:34 GMT 14:34 UK
Allardyce warns Rivaldo
RIVALDO FACTS
Rivaldo
Born: 19/04/1972
Position: Left-footed midfielder
Clubs: Paulista, Santa Cruz, Mogi-Mirin, Corinthians, Palmeiras, Deportivo La Coruna, Barcelona, AC Milan, Cruzeiro
Brazil caps: 68
International goals: 33
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has warned Rivaldo not to hold the club to ransom over his proposed move to the Reebok.

Allardyce voiced his frustration at the 32-year-old's delay in giving Bolton a final answer after talks last week, emphasising the club's offer was final.

"He hasn't come back from Brazil and sat down with us - we don't know what the other factors may be," he said.

"But we certainly won't be offering any more money. We just won't do that so he knows what the situation is."

Earlier in the week, Allardyce said he wanted to turn the former world player of the year back into "a proper player".

"We've taken in all kinds of waifs and strays, who were out of shape and out of sorts," said Allardyce.

"Sometimes it just comes down to putting an arm around a player and making him feel wanted again."

On Sunday, Rivaldo gave his strongest hint yet that he would commit to a move to the Reebok Stadium.

"I do not want anyone in Bolton to think that, if I play there, I am doing it for the wrong reasons," he told the News of the World.

"I know I've played for big clubs in the past but it won't be a problem for me to adapt.

"I will be busy playing, getting in shape and learning English and being in a smaller town will help me do that."

"I want the challenge of trying to get Bolton into Europe for the first time in their history. It is an exciting time."

He is a free agent after playing just 11 games for Brazilian club Cruzeiro, following his release by Milan in November.

In 1999, he was named world and European footballer of the year after helping Barca win the Spanish league.






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