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Djorkaeff returns to MLS and Red Bull

9 August 2006 11:26

NEW YORK, Aug 9 (SW) - Former France international Youri Djorkaeff has rejoined the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer (MLS) after a leave of absence.

The midfielder, who lifted the 1998 World Cup, had been granted time away from the American first division side in order to deal with personal issues in France. The situation was complicated, however, when Djorkaeff was spotted at the France-Brazil World Cup quarterfinal just days after being granted permission to tend to his ill mother.

The situation between club and player has been straightened out however, and Djorkaeff is eager to return to action.

"It was difficult to come to the stadium every day because I had this problem in France. Now I'm back because I wanted to continue with the Red Bulls and I want to play this last couple of games we have. I hope to be at my high level and help the team like I've done in the past," he said.

New York, now coached by former USA boss Bruce Arena, have taken just 24 points from 20 matches, but nonetheless remain in contention for a playoff place.

Their next match is on August 16, when they host league-leader D.C. United.

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