Monday, July 2, 2007
Dudek tempted by Bolton bid
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has acknowledged that a last-minute offer from Bolton has stalled his proposed move to Real Madrid.The Polish goalkeeper is a free agent after Reds boss Rafael Benitez released him at the end of last season. Dudek was offered a deal by Real Madrid that would see him understudy Iker Casillas at the Bernabeu, but the late intervention by Trotters boss Sammy Lee has caused him to ponder.Dudek told The Sun: "I made a decision to leave England, but Bolton's offer has made me have a rethink."I still haven't signed anything with Real Madrid and I have other offers to consider very carefully."Bolton number one Jussi Jaaskelainen is yet to sign a new deal as he enters the final year of his current contract at the Reebok. Aston Villa, Manchester United and Sunderland have all been linked with the Finn, and Dudek would be in prime position for first-team football if Jaaskelainen went on to leave the club.Bolton have money to spend, anyway, after agreeing a new multi-million pound sponsorship deal with Reebok that extends both kit sponsorship and the naming rights of the stadium until 2016.The club's chief executive Allan Duckworth said: "Bolton have enjoyed an outstanding and mutually beneficial partnership with Reebok for a great many years."We pride ourselves on establishing long-term strategic partnerships and are delighted to be able to extend our stadium naming rights partnership for a further nine-year term."