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Football: Miserable Petit is ready to quit at 30.

Byline: JOHN DILLON

EMMANUEL PETIT is so fed up with life at Barcelona he is considering quitting football aged just 30.

He says the game is making him miserable only four months after his big-money move to Spain from Arsenal.

French international Petit has been unable to win a regular place in midfield and has been shifted into defence since he and Gunners team-mate Marc Overmars quit Highbury in a combined pounds 30million deal in July.

In the latest in a series of anguished and sometimes bizarre outbursts, Petit said: "We are not machines and I am beginning to lose my passion for football. I have always been a happy person, but now my wife keeps asking me why I am always so serious.

"I am frustrated because I am not playing regularly and when I do play, I am not in my usual position.

"This is not a criticism of the coach, Lorenc Serra Ferrer, and at the end of the season we shall see if his vision of the game is correct."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2000
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