Jelavic: I did not demand Toffees move

Thu, 02 Feb 16:08:32 2012

Nikica Jelavic insists he did not force his transfer to Everton despite claims from Rangers chairman Craig Whyte he had no choice but to sanction their top goalscorer's exit on transfer deadline day.

The Croatian striker, who netted 17 goals for the Scottish champions this season, moved to the Barclays Premier League club for a fee reported to be around £5.5million.

In an open letter to supporters on Rangers' website as Jelavic was finalising the switch to Goodison Park, Whyte said: "One, the player wanted to leave and there is no point in trying to keep a player who no longer wants to be at Ibrox.

"Two, the club is simply not in a financial position to turn down offers for players which give the club a good return on its original investment."

However, Jelavic appeared to contradict those comments by claiming Rangers ultimately had the final say in his departure.

He said: "My dream was to play in the English Premier League but I never forced my transfer. I spoke with Ally McCoist and said if the president wants me to stay I'll stay and if they need money and want me to leave, I'll leave - the club decided."


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