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Football: THIS MOVE ISN'T FINAL SAYS FILIP.

Byline: By Alan Marshall

FILIP SEBO last night insisted he has not closed the door on his Rangers career.

The Slovakian striker has joined French club Valenciennes on loan for the rest of the season after failing to make an impact on Ibrox manager Walter Smith.

Valenciennes have an option to buy Sebo, who has three years remaining on his Glasgow contract after being signed by former boss Paul Le Guen for pounds 1.8million from Austria Vienna last year.

But the player insisted he does not know what will happen in the long term.

Sebo, who scored just two goals in 32 appearances last season, said: "I don't know how things are going to go this year.

"Therefore I am concentrating on this season and we'll see afterwards.

"I'm happy to be here. I wanted to join Valenciennes and play in the French league. It's a good opportunity for me.

"Having spoken with the coach (Antoine Kombouare), I told myself it would be very good for me to play for the club, that I could make progress, so I said okay.

"I know the French league, which for me is one of the best in the world. According to what I've been told, it's a very good team with a good spirit.

"That's what I was looking for - to come to a good squad to take pleasure from playing football.

"I want to get to know the players, all the team. Then I want to help Valenciennes secure a good position in the French league.

"I'm a Slovakian international, I've scored five goals in 14 appearances.

"Of course I want to return to the national team but I must firstly concentrate on my season with Valenciennes.

"I'm going to try to get to know the fans. I had good relationships with the fans in Austria and in Scotland and I hope it will be the same here."

Valenciennes president Francis Decourriere was delighted to have finally got his man after revealing his club had been interested in signing Sebo from Austria Vienna before being outmuscled in the transfer market by Rangers.

Decourriere said: "We were after him last year but financially we were not able to fight with Rangers."

Sebo could make his debut for Valenciennes in their league match against Sochaux tomorrow.

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Date:Aug 24, 2007
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