MURRAY FORCED BRIAN TO STAY!; Dutch Blast Rocks Rangers
Jackson, Keith, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Rangers went to war with Ajax last night after a shock attack from bitter coach Morten Olsen.
Olsen has accused Ibrox chairman David Murray of double-crossing the Dutch club over their pounds 4.5 million move for Brian Laudrup.
He insists Rangers had AGREED to sell their star man just last week. And he claims the 28- year-old has been FORCED to see out the last year of his contract in Glasgow against his will.
But Murray reacted angrily to the allegations from his holiday mansion in Jersey last night - just 24 hours after securing Laudrup's services for another year at least.
The row broke as Italian star Gianluca Vialli launched a fresh attempt to join up with Laudrup at Ibrox next season.
Murray said: "I'm disappointed Mr Olsen has chosen to say these things but perhaps I can understand why. I have no wish to get into a slanging match but it is important that I detail exactly what happened.
"After receiving an unsolicited offer from Ajax for Brian, I faxed them to say I didn't know where they got the price from and that we were not interested in selling unless Brian told us otherwise. I added that until I had spoken to Brian I could not comment further.
"Yet, for some reason they believed they had a deal?
"I then met with Brian on Tuesday and he agreed to stay.
"I must make it clear we never accepted the Ajax offer - I still have a copy of the faxes to prove that.
"As for the claim that Brian is not happy to be staying with us, that's absolute nonsense.
"In fact, he phoned me an hour ago and reconfirmed how delighted he is to be staying at Ibrox."
But frustrated Dane Olsen insists Laudrup - also wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United - had set his heart on Amsterdam.
He said: "Brian phoned me from the airport after flying home from his meeting with Mr Murray.
"He said Mr Murray had told him he HAD to stay with Rangers until the end of his contract and that he could do nothing about it. …