Micoud considers Bremen extension
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Werder Bremen playmaker Johan Micoud has indicated that he is willing to stay at the Weser Stadion beyond his current contract.
The influential French international has played a major role in Bremen's fine start to the season which sees Thomas Schaaf's attractive team third in the Bundesliga table.
Micoud had previously criticised the club for not doing more to keep stars Ailton and Mladen Krstajic from moving to rivals Schalke at the end of the season, but he has now hinted that he would like to stay beyond 2005.
Micoud told Kicker that he was willing to enter into talks about a contract extension and that there will be "negotiations either at the end of this year or in January."
He did, however, say that Werder playing in Europe next season would be an important factor in his decision.
Further good news for Schaaf is that youngster Nelson Valdez, who bagged two goals in Werder's impressive 5-1 victory at Hannover on Saturday, is only suffering from a badly bruised foot.
It was initially feared that he had broken a bone in his foot during the match at the AWD Arena.