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Ze Roberto leaves Bayern

Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto could be on his way to Manchester City after announcing on Wednesday he was looking for a new club following Bayern Munich’s refusal to offer him a new two year contract.

“I’m leaving with one eye smiling and the other in tears,” the 34-year-old told newspaper Munich tz.

“It’s no secret that I wanted to sign a two year deal,” added Ze Roberto, who was disappointed to be only offered a one year extension to his contract.

“The club have their reasons, I have to accept and respect them, and that’s what I’m doing.”

He added that he should know in the next few days where he will be playing next season with Manchester City one of his suitors.

“Right at the top of the list there is the interest shown by Manchester City,” he told the paper.

“There are also two clubs in the Bundesliga who have shown interest in me, one of them has even offered me a three year deal.

“There is also a side in Saudi Arabia and clubs in the United States.”

Ze Roberto, who has 85 caps for Brazil, first came to Munich from Real Marid and Bayer Leverksuen in 2002 and stayed for four years.

He then had one season with Brazilian side FC Santos before rejoining Bayern in the summer of 2007.

The midfielder has won four German titles with Bayern in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008.

Wed 3 June, 2009
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