Jelen still open to offers

Polish striker seeking Auxerre exit

Jelen: Looking to leave

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Ireneusz Jelen is still hoping to seal a summer switch away from Auxerre, despite a lack of success so far.

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The Polish striker revealed towards the end of last season that he intended to head for pastures new once the transfer window reopened.

However, the 29-year-old is yet to reach an agreement elsewhere and remains on the books at Stade Abbe-Deschamps

A knee injury, which required surgery, has undoubtedly put potential suitors off, but Jelen is refusing to give up on the prospect of securing a move before the end of August.

"Auxerre have given me the green light to leave," he told L'Equipe.

"I thought it would be sorted out quickly. My agent received a number of concrete offers, notably from clubs playing in the Champions League.

"I don't know if Auxerre took notice of these offers, but they do exist.

No regrets

"I had a bone growth that had to be removed on 1st June. My rehabilitation lasted three weeks and since the surgery there have been fewer propositions.

"Today I am an Auxerre player 100 per cent, and that is fine. I have no regrets.

"The club knows my situation, I have one year left on my contract, and I am open to any offers."

Auxerre have placed a €3million (£2.5m) price tag on Jelen and accept that anything could still happen before the window slams shut.

Coach Jean Fernandez said: "At the end of last season I was convinced he would leave. But we have had no bids for him, or any other players.

"Until 31st August clubs could show interest. I am relying on him for now, but no-one can guarantee me that he will still be here at the end of the month."