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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 January, 2004, 13:59 GMT
Anelka 'happy at City'
Nicolas Anelka (right) with Antoine Sibierski
Anelka says he is fully behind the Man City cause
Manchester City striker Nicolas Anelka has denied he is unhappy with life under Kevin Keegan.

In an interview with a French magazine, Anelka was reported to have criticised Keegan's coaching, and suggested he wanted to leave for a bigger club.

But Anelka insists he is happy at City, and that the interview was: "badly interpreted and translated."

Anelka added: "We are 100% behind Keegan."

Anelka used his personal website to deny the remarks he reportedly made to the French publication.

In the intial interview, Anelka was reported to have said: "I am simply not in a team that allows me to shine.

"I want the place of a real striker. At City, I am more of a midfielder."

"I want to be at a great club, to turn out with great players in England or elsewhere."

But in denying the remarks, Anelka said: "It is foolish to hold against me remarks that I never made.

"It has never been a question of us having bad players and I have not expressed any desire to leave.

"We are 100% behind Keegan and I am among those who thinks he should not be sacked.

"It is up to the players to make things better.

"I have never scored so many goals by this stage of the season and to make Keegan leave would be a serious error.

"I have no desire to leave. I want to stay and help the club."


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