Okocha Has Doubts About Bolton Future

Last updated : 30 January 2004 By Mark Heys
Jay-Jay Okocha has left the door open for any interested clubs to come forward and make him an offer and says that he could be tempted to move from Bolton Wanderers if the offer is right.

The 30-year old Nigerian international told SKY Sports that the possibility of moving on appeals to him and he feels as if he has done as much as he can for Wanderers and now is the time to look at other options.

"I'm very ambitious and I think I'm doing well, I'm quite happy at Bolton but you can never say what will happen. We'll just have to wait and see what will happen but I'm very ambitious. If the club is right for me, I will think about it. You know, in football, things happen and, if I wasn't doing well for Bolton, they wouldn't want to keep me so, if I feel I have done enough there, I have to move on and I hope they understand the situation. It's hard when you think you've found a family, a nice place, but, for me, as well, the interest in football is you never know what will happen."

Okocha has expressed a desire to play for the Trotters arch rivals Manchester United in a move which would no doubt make the Nigerian a public hate figure in the town should he move to Old Trafford. The former Paris Saint Germain player has used Louis Saha's recent move to United from Fulham as an example of moving to seek out ambition.

"It's every player's dream to play for Manchester United," he added. "You can't blame Louis Saha (for going there). It might be the only chance to ever play for a club like Manchester United so I think he made the right decision. We all dream of playing for the best clubs in Europe. Of course, they have more advantage than the small clubs because they can buy out the contracts.

The Super Eagles star has said that although he has been satisfied with his performances so far, he beleives that he has more to offer and he beleives his hard work since he came to England is about to pay off with a big move elswhere.

"I'm happy with what I've done so far but I still believe I can do more. There's no limit to success, I believe, once you work hard and believe in yourself you can go places. When I first came it was what are you doing in Bolton, what are you doing in The Premiership?

"People thought I couldn't cope with the pace. People thought I couldn't cope with the mentality. People thought I couldn't cope with the weather. But I'm glad I've met that challenge and know the target for myself is to achieve a lot."

Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce admits that he is worried that the player hasn't signed a new deal with the club and says that he expected agents and such like to contact the player during his spell in the African Cup of Nations. The Bolton boss is hopeful the player will postpone deciding on his future until a return to England but says that the matter is out of Bolton's hands in the meantime.

"He hasn't signed a contract so we're concerned, It leaves it open for Jay-Jay to go where he wants. Of course, while he's away, the mice will play, if you like. He has a lot of contacts and has already been contacted by other clubs.  know that via other sources. I'm not that stupid not to know. He's entitled to do that. There's nothing we can do. Hopefully, though, we can tie him up when he gets back. It's left in his hands until he gets back. We've had preliminary discussions but, whether he gets the contract or not, we'll have to see." Allardyce said