Smicer back off to France

Vladimir Smicer, the scorer of Liverpool’s second goal  in the Champions League final, not to mention a vital penalty in the shoot-out, now looks certain to be playing his football in France next season.

Smicer was out of contract at Anfield this summer, and despite his memorable performance in Turkey, there was no offer made of a new deal. The Czech was hoping to secure a deal in England – for the sake of his family – but reported interest from Birmingham and Charlton came to nothing.

Reports in his homeland say that Vladi has agreed provisional terms with Bordeaux on a two-year deal. He is due to undergo a medical tomorrow and will then finalise the details with officials from the Stade Chaban-Delmas club.

Smicer, 32, will be up against his previous club Lens in the French league, and also the man who brought him to Anfield, Gerard Houllier, now manager of French champions Lyon.