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Whelan won't stop Everton poaching

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Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:03:00

Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso says he may be tempted by a move to England or Germany this summer.

The 31-year-old has spent the majority of his career in France, though he did enjoy a brief loan spell with Premier League new boys Crystal Palace in 2002.

He has been at Bordeaux since 2009 and, although he has two years remaining on his contract, he admits he may be ready for a fresh challenge.

If he does decide to move, he insists it will be his final transfer before hanging up his boots for good.

"These last four years allowed me to improve my level. But now I am reaching the end of a personal cycle," he told France Football. "I have to ask myself some questions and I am expecting some answers.

"My objective is not to rest on the two years remaining on my contract. I need to take stock, know where I will go and with whom.

"My next decision will set the end of my career. At Bordeaux or anywhere else I want to embark on a last project. I am looking for new motivation.

"The club where I will play next season will probably be my last one. If it is not Bordeaux it will probably be abroad. I could go back to England or go to Germany. Anyway it will be with an agreement with Bordeaux. I know what I owe to the club."

The three-year arrangement will see Black Aces, based in the Mpumalanga province, become City's "official regional school of football partner".

The move comes after the recent announcement of other international projects such as the launch of a New York-based team in Major League Soccer and the successful establishment of an Academy in Abu Dhabi.

As part of the Black Aces deal, City will deliver coaching programmes to local children and the Academy sides will also have the opportunity to travel to and play in Manchester.

The programme will follow the same training techniques and philosophies of the City first team, in keeping with the "holistic approach" the club are developing towards all aspects of their football.

City will also set up a coach education programme at the club.

Patrick Vieira, head of City's elite development squad, "It's a privilege for Manchester City to be part of South Africa's youth football development by passing on our expertise to the Black Aces coaches, at a time when the country is fast becoming a force in world football.

"Through shared learning, both clubs can work together in order to provide children with a holistic football experience that places equal importance on football and education."

City are also due to visit South Africa as part of their pre-season programme this summer, playing two games in July.

However, chairman Dave Whelan has warned the Toffees will have to pay the full market value for any Latics stars who want to follow their boss to Goodison Park.

Martinez is likely to be announced as successor to David Moyes in the next 48 hours, from which point he will start assessing what he needs heading into the new season.

The Spaniard has already been linked with potential moves for the likes of highly-rated midfielder James McCarthy and forwards Arouna Kone and Callum McManaman - a former Toffees trainee - from Wigan.

And while some chairmen - for example, Swansea's Hugh Jenkins last summer when he lost Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool - like to strike agreements stating their former managers cannot return to poach players during a certain period unless certain clauses are met, Whelan has made no such deal.

Whelan has a very close relationship with Martinez but insists he was not interested in negotiating any 'strings-attached' deal ahead of his switch to Everton.

"There is no agreement. It is unfair and I don't believe in anything like that," he said.

"If Everton want to sign any of our players for the right amount of money we will consider it."

Whelan is believed to have negotiated compensation of about ?1.5million for Martinez's services.

And while he would hope to be able to hang on to key players as the club seek to bounce back from their relegation to the npower Championship at the first opportunity he accepts the lure of the top flight is a strong one.

"We have to face every single thing that relegation presents us," he added.

"It is normally the case certain players want to play in the Premier League and I can't blame them for that.

"Players sign contracts but sometimes one or two want to leave and it is difficult to stop them.

"Players are players and I believe in freedom in football.

"But we have a lot of players who are loyal to Wigan Athletic so we will just wait and see."

Once a compensation package had been agreed on Monday Whelan was certain Martinez would complete his move quickly with discussions over his terms and backroom staff to take place with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright.

However, the Merseyside club are taking a cautious line, having conducted a thorough and patient approach to replacing Moyes as soon as it was announced the Scot was to become Manchester United manager.

Martinez is certainly their first choice having topped a shortlist of three, believed to have also included Porto's Vitor Pereira and former Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick, Kenwright considered over the weekend.

But in an attempt to mitigate Whelan's public pronouncements on the identity of their next manager the Everton issued a statement last night which said: "In response to regrettable and somewhat premature reports earlier this evening, Everton Football Club are continuing discussions with regards to the vacant managerial position.

"Whilst positive moves are being made, the club will officially announce details as and only when they are agreed and completed."

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