Tamudo wants Espanyol stay
Espanyol striker Raul Tamudo has hit back at claims that he is trying to force a transfer.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 15/10/09 3:03pm
Espanyol striker Raul Tamudo has hit back at accusations that he is trying to force his way out of the club.
The striker was reported to have been keen to leave in the winter transfer window as his contract is set to run out at the end of the current campaign.
Wigan have been strongly linked with Tamudo for a number of months and a source close to Espanyol has suggested that a deal could be in place.
Espanyol's director of sport, German de la Cruz, and sporting director, Ramon Planes, have also claimed that the player has asked to leave.
But the 31-year-old insists this is not the case, telling El Mundo Deportivo: "I am very, very angry about what happened.
"I do not deserve to be treated the way that some people are doing so and I do not understand why this is happening.
"What I have made very clear is that I do not want to force my way out of Espanyol because I want to stay."
Tamudo has even gone as far as to suggest that he would be willing to sign a new contract.
He added: "If they offered me a new deal right now I would sign it. All I want is to finish my career here."
It has also been stated that Tamudo said no when asked to become club captain following the death of Daniel Jarque.
But he insists that is not the case, adding: "It is a mean thing to use the argument about the captain's armband to turn people against me.
"It is a lie that after Jarque's death they offered me the armband again because, if they had then it would be on my left arm at this very moment.
"I am hoping that they will publicly apologise for all the lies that were said. The only thing I want is to play and to play here."