Monday, 18th July, 2011

Former West Brom and Bolton Wanderers star Abdoulaye Meite turned down offers from Turkey and Greece to sign for Ligue 1 new boys Dijon – but would have preferred to have remained in the English Premier League.

Meite, who turned out for Marseille between 2000 and 2006 before making the leap to England, explained that he had chosen to take a step back in his career by joining Dijon and hopes to help keep the club in France’s top flight next season.

"With maturity, I stepped back", Meite told L’Equipe.

"After Marseille at 19 and the Premier League at 25, a new challenge begins.

"We build step by step to install and maintain the club in the elite."

But Meite’s fasciotherapist – a little known practice of therapies designed to extend a player’s career – confirmed that his client would have preferred to remain in England.

"He would have preferred to stay in the Premier League", said Stephane Renaud.

"He had contacts, but nothing concrete. He also received offers from Turkey and Greece, but there was nothing convincing."

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