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Last Updated:  Friday, 14 March, 2003, 07:54 GMT
Di Canio accuses Roeder
West Ham striker Paolo di Canio
Di Canio is set to exit Upton Park
Paolo Di Canio has admitted his controversial West Ham career is over following another swipe at boss Glenn Roeder.

The fiery Italian striker has made no secret of his anger at being refused a new deal by the club.

He now believes the Hammers were never actually going to open contract talks with him.

Di Canio, 34, has not spoken to Roeder since a bust-up at West Brom on 23 February.

"They told me they would renegotiate my contract in January but now I'm told I will have to wait," said Di Canio.

"What has happened? Nothing. Even if I scored 50 goals for West Ham, they would not want me.

"Quite clearly they have made up their minds they do not want to keep me.

"But I'll have a contract next season because 10 clubs want to sign me."

Di Canio accused Roeder of lying after he was substituted at The Hawthorns, with the West Ham boss claiming he was injured in the win.

The striker headed back to Bologna for post-operative treatment on his knee cartilage injury - and he is still in Italy.

Di Canio added: "I said the truth. He must agree with me because he has not contacted me."





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