Khlifa explains Evian absence

Evian striker Saber Khlifa has explained that his absence from pre-season training is down to problems bringing his young son to France.

The Tunisia international has yet to link up with the club, incurring the anger of coach Pascal Dupraz. Dupraz said last Tuesday that he had received no news on the reasons for the player's absence, who has been linked with a move to Montpellier as he enters the final year of his contract.

Khlifa told L'Equipe today: "I am in Tunisia because of family problems. My three-year-old son does not have the papers to travel to France.

"The ETG directors have known about this situation for two years. I want it to be resolved. I do not want to quarrel and I have no problem with Evian. Once I have the papers for my son, I will be back."

The transfer speculation over the 26-year-old, Evian's top scorer last season with 13 goals, is a cause for concern for the club. But Khlifa added: "I do not want my image to be tarnished. The priority is Evian and Montpellier is the only offer I have had."