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Saturday, 29 December, 2001, 12:23 GMT
Gravesen renews Everton attack
Thomas Gravesen of Everton
Gravesen says Everton do not share his ambition
Thomas Gravesen's Everton career looks to be heading to a close after he renewed his attack on life at the Goodison Park club.

The Denmark midfield man first expressed his impatience with Everton, claiming the club does not share his ambition.

Gravesen said in an interview with a Danish newspaper that he is becoming increasingly frustrated - and was unlikely to see out his contract at Goodison Park, which is due to expire in 2005.

And after showdown talks with Everton manager Walter Smith - amid claims the pair's relationship has broken down - Gravesen now admits he wants to return to former club Hamburg.

He told Danish newspaper Horsens Folkeblad: "Sell me to Hamburg. Then I'll be closer to my family and friends in Denmark and I can go home when I want to. I don't want to move to another English club.

"I'm having huge problems trying to find motivation at Everton. I feel like it's an empty existence. It doesn't consist of anything other than playing football and watching television.

"I miss being with my friends at home in Denmark, and it was awful for me at Christmas.

"I would much rather be at home with my parents and having a good time with my friends."

He had earlier told newspaper Ekstra Bladet: "I can't imagine staying at Everton long enough to see that (the contract) out.

Gravesen says Everton do not have the ambition to succeed
Gravesen feels his future is not with the Toffees
"The problem here is that the club simply does not have enough money to create a decent team.

"What's more, the management haven't even told the players what the club is hoping to achieve this season."

Everton have slipped to 13th in the Premiership after a promising start to the season, and Gravesen knows his chances of winning selection for Denmark's World Cup squad would improve in a winning side.

The 25-year-old was substituted midway through the first half against Sunderland on 22 December after being booked and issued with a further warning by the referee.

And against Manchester United on Boxing Day, he lasted just eight minutes before sustaining an ankle injury.

Gravesen signed for Everton in mid-2000 for 2.5m from Bundesliga outfit Hamburg.

Former Danish international John Sivebaek, Gravesen's agent, believes joining Hamburg would be a step backwards.

"This isn't about money but about satisfaction. It's a difficult job for me because I know Thomas well both on a personal level and as an adviser," he said.

"As a former overseas professional I'm trying to explain to him that his homesickness will pass, because it's not about discontent with the sporting side at Everton.

"I don't feel it's right for a player of Thomas' class to go back to Hamburg. I think that he's in a category where clubs like Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United or some Spanish clubs could come into the picture."

See also:

22 Aug 01 |  Everton
Gravesen demands apology
22 Aug 01 |  Everton
Denmark pick Gravesen
20 Jul 00 |  Everton
Gravesen set to join Everton
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