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Jimmy in dark over Foxes

Foxes claim trial is turned down

By Graeme Bailey.   Last Updated: 14/08/07 7:12pm

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admits he has been left in the dark over his proposed move to Leicester City.

The Dutch striker is a free agent after being released by Charlton at the end of last season.

However, Hasselbaink claims he was invited to undergo a medical with the Foxes on Monday, after agreeing terms with Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric on Friday.

Hasselbaink, though, says that when he arrived in Leicester for his medical he was told that it was no longer going to take place.

The 35-year-old now believes there has been a disagreement between Mandaric and Leicester manager Martin Allen.

In the dark

"I agreed terms with Milan Mandaric thinking I was going to sign for Leicester," Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News.

"But I arrived in Leicester and the medical was off, obviously there is a problem between the chairman and the manager.

"I got a call from the manager himself on Sunday to come for the medical, but I arrived at the training ground on Monday and the medical never happened.

"I've not had a lot of explanation. They just told me that the deal wasn't off, but that the medical could not be done, I don't know what is going on."

Counter-claim

However, Leicester chairman Mandaric insisted the move collapsed after Foxes boss Allen said he wanted to look at Hasselbaink on trial first.

"I negotiated with Jimmy his package and his needs and it took me a couple of days to sort it out," Mandaric told Sky Sports News.

"After we agreed on the numbers there was one condition that he meet with the manager, I turned to my manager and he wanted to sign him, but he wanted to be with him for 30 days to check his form and fitness.

"I never have pushed any player to my manager, it is up to the manager to make his decision.

"I don't think we have to talk about Jimmy's capabilities as a footballer, but it is the manager's choice and manager's decision and that is the end of it."

Hasselbaink meanwhile, who is currently training with the Chelsea reserves, says that, with his move to the Walkers Stadium seemingly stalling, he would be prepared to listen to other offers.

"Obviously I would love to play in the Premier League," Hasslebaink added.

"But, I would be prepared to play for a Championship club who have the ability, or want, to go up."

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