Gera: I want to stay
By Juha Pal
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Zoltan Gera is angry with speculation linking him with a move away.
Zoltan Gera is angry with speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham or Aston Villa.
The West Brom midfielder is a target for both clubs, according to agent Vladan Filipovic, but both The Baggies and now Gera have stressed that Filipovic is no longer working on the Hungary international's behalf.
Following Bryan Robson's side's remarkable escape from relegation, the former Ferencvaros star told skysports.com he is happy to remain at The Hawthorns.
"I'm just smiling at all these rumours because they aren't verifiable," he told skysports.com.
"I got to know them from the news.
"In contrast with the 'bad news', I don't have an agent. These gossips did me wrong and the club too.
"My former agent Vladan Filipovic really helped me a lot when I signed for WBA but that's all. Since then, there's no-one to do these kind of things for me.
"I don't care about the speculation because no-one has looked for me. What's more, in England, you have to follow the rules. Without the permission of the club, it's forbidden to have talks with the player.
"Before this, the two clubs must agree and, if you break this rule, then you might be suspended. Remember the case of Ashley Cole with Chelsea.
"Our chairman declared there wasn't any official approach."
Responding to Hungarian rumours that Spurs boss Martin Jol has requested Gera's mobile phone number from another player, the 26-year-old also laughed off any talk of a £20 million price tag placed on his head by Robson.
"I haven't received any phone call but, if I had, then it surely wouldn't get publicity," he countered.
"I don't know what my selling price is worth but it depends on the market.
"Of course, £20 million is a huge and unrealistic amount.
"My team-mates, having heard these rumours, told me to stay and I felt that Bryan Robson and the fans wanted me [to stay] as well.
"No-one advised me to change my club. I was overjoyed to hear the good words of my coach and chairman about me and it was a big motivation for me."