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Friday, June 4, 1999 Published at 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK

Sport: Football

Furious Wenger calls for FIFA action

Nicolas Anelka: A move seems imminent

Arsene Wenger has asked for a FIFA investigation into what he sees as "illegal" approaches made by Real Madrid to lure Arsenal French striker Nicolas Anelka away from Highbury.

The player's brothers and agents have been talking to the Spanish giants, despite there having been no contact between the two clubs.

That has clearly angered the usually calm Gunners manager, despite the fact that most Arsenal fans are prepared for the departure of the unsettled 20-year-old.

"The player has a four-year contract, and any direct approach to the player is illegal.

"If that has happened we will take the story to FIFA. Real Madrid have not been in touch with Arsenal, so there is nothing legal in what they are doing."

The player himself seems to have made it clear as to what he wants.

"I will hopefully talk to the manager next week. But it seems certain I will be at another club next season.

Speaking from France, where he is preparing for one of his country's Euro 2000 qualifiers, Anelka explained his reasons for wanting to leave.

"I like London, I like Arsenal and I like the players. I love the supporters. But I do not want another year of having a negative image. Everything said about me seems to be negative. I don't know why the papers say these things."

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