'United bid for Real Madrid's Gravesen'

January 11, 2006

MADRID, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Real Madrid players who are unhappy with their lot should leave, coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro said on Wednesday.

'Anyone who is unsettled here should head for the door and go,' Lopez Caro told a news conference.

'If they are not prepared to help the team they shouldn't try and fool themselves or the club.' Real are 13 points behind leaders Barcelona in sixth position.

Lopez Caro was responding to a question about Denmark midfielder Thomas Gravesen, who has been reported in the British press as being unsettled at his lack of opportunities.

'I haven't noticed anything amiss with the player, if I had I would have spoken to him about it.

'I can only praise Gravesen as an excellent professional and an excellent person. I am surprised by the things they write about him.'

Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet reported on Wednesday that Manchester United had made an offer of 3.8 million euros ($4.6 million) for Gravesen, but that Real were holding out for 5 million.

The 29-year-old joined Real from Everton in January 2005 for a reported fee of 3.5 million euros.

After being a regular starter under former coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo until the end of last season, he has dropped out of favour this term behind Pablo Garcia, Guti, Ivan Helguera and Sergio Ramos in the holding role in midfield.