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Friday, June 18, 1999 Published at 09:54 GMT 10:54 UK

Sport: Football

Anelka looking for Real move

Nicolas Anelka: The unsettled star is after a move to Real Madrid

Nicolas Anelka's brother has claimed that the Arsenal striker is not interested in joining Lazio and has set his heart on a move to Real Madrid.

Didier Anelka, who along with brother Claude runs the affairs of the Highbury star, says the 20-year-old will refuse a reported £22m move to the Italian club.

"We have asked David Dein to stop negotiating with Lazio, " he told French sports paper L'Equipe.

"It's useless because Nicolas does not want to play there as he does not want to play in Italian football. Everyone knows the club of his heart and choice is Real Madrid.

"All this commotion proves that Nicolas is up for sale. Now it is up to Mr Dein, who is a businessman and a skilful strategist, to contact the club Nicolas wants to join."

Lazio say director Massimo Cragnotti - the son of club owner Sergio Cragnotti - and licensed FIFA agent Vicenzo Morabito have held talks with Arsenal.

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