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Riise phones to say sorry

last updated Friday 22nd June 2001, 12:02 AM
John Riise
John Riise

Liverpool new-boy John Arne Riise has telephoned Fulham boss Jean Tigana to explain his reasons for snubbing the London club.

The Cottagers had lengthy talks with the Norwegian international and believed they had reached an agreement when the Anfield club swooped to take Riise to Merseyside.

"I talked to Tigana on the phone and explained what had happened and why I wanted to play for Liverpool," said the 20-year-old. "It was good to talk to Tigana and I can assure people we still have a good relationship."

Riise and Tigana were already friends - the French legend signed him for Monaco two years ago - but the young midfielder realises fans at Craven Cottage may not be so understanding.

"I am ready to get some comments from Fulham fans when we meet in the autumn but that's part of football and I'll handle it."

Riise, who will be teaming up with fellow Norway international Vegard Heggem at Anfield, also denied he was simply moving to his favourite English club.

"When I was younger I was a Tottenham fan but my dream was always to play for Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal. Now that dream has come true."

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