Blanc back-tracks over Sunderland slur

Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc has apologised for his comments about Sunderland, after insisting the Black Cats were not a big enough club for star striker Marouane Chamakh.

The in-demand 25-year-old has been linked with several Premier League clubs this summer, including Sunderland, Blackburn, Fulham, Spurs, West Ham and Arsenal.

However, the former Manchester United defender insisted that the Stadium of Light outfit were simply not worthy enough of taking their prize asset away from the Stade Chaban Delmas, saying that he would block the English club's attempts to sign Chamakh at every turn.

"I am going to do everything to make sure he does not go to just any club," he told L'Equipe.

"With him, things are clear. After the season he's had, if he has to go, it will be to a big club. That's why I am standing in the way of a departure to Sunderland.

But the 43-year-old has now apologised for his comments referring to Steve Bruce's side, claiming that his words had been misunderstood.

"I certainly did not communicate my thoughts well at all," he said.

"My remarks were misunderstood by the people of Sunderland.

"When I say he deserves better, it is in sporting terms, and only in terms of sport.

"I am not here to discuss the size of a club. All the clubs, I respect them."

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