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Effenberg will move abroad

Published: Monday 14 January 2002, 10.08CET
Stefan Effenberg has confirmed he will definitely leave German football at the end of the season.

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Published: Monday 14 January 2002, 10.08CET

Effenberg will move abroad

Stefan Effenberg has confirmed he will definitely leave German football at the end of the season.

Stefan Effenberg has confirmed he will definitely leave German football when his contract at FC Bayern München expires at the end of the season.

‘Time has come’
The 33-year-old said there was never any question of him staying in the 1. Bundesliga. "The decision was made some considerable time ago," he said. "I've had some great years here and the club has given me the opportunity to achieve considerable success. But now the time has come to move abroad."

Destination unknown
Effenberg, who played a key role in last season's UEFA Champions League victory, has yet to publicly reveal where he will play next season, although his family have been kept fully informed. "That is my first priority," he said. "The time is not yet right to make my intentions known to the public.”

‘Clear objective’
The Bayern captain is confident that his decision will not affect his role within the squad. "That's something that I won't allow to happen," Effenberg said. "We have a clear objective and that is to win the league title for the fourth time in succession. We have the opportunity to make history and anyone not giving everything will have me to deal with. Anyone who throws a spanner into the works will be in for an unpleasant surprise."

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