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Markota On Verge Of Spartak Exit

28.01.2008

SpartakĀ St. PetersburgĀ could be set to part with forward Damir Markota.

The Croatia international, who last summer helped his country qualify for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, wasn't included in recently-appointed coach Igors Miglinieks' squad for their EuroCup game against Proteas EKA AEL and without one of their most talented players, Spartak lost 81-77.

In the Sport-Express newspaper, Miglinieks offered an explanation.

He said: "Markota was late for the last training before the AEL game, and also at some earlier practices he looked disappointed, didn't want to work and was a bad influence on the rest of the players.

"I'm sure I was right that I have taken him out from the squad, otherwise we would have had even more problems against AEL."

Markota, who was in the first of a two-year deal with the team, also did not play on Saturday in Spartak's Superleague game against Dynamo Moscow.

He said: "I already have some offers from Russian and Spanish clubs. I think everything will be decided in 3-4 days.

"It's a pity for me to leave St-Petersburg but I can't do anything about it. I don't think the main reason is basketball but something else."

Spartak have failed to advance to the quarter-final round of the EuroCup.

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