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Overweight Jardel falls foul of coach
Tuesday 25th July 2000

Mario Jardel has got off to a bad start in Turkey after turning up overweight for pre-season training with Galatasaray.

According to reports in Istanbul, Gala boss Mircea Lucescu was less than pleased when he clapped eyes on the £18.8 million signing from Porto.

And a set of scales confirmed that the 26-year-old Brazilian, who had apparently been living it up on the beach, was several kilos too heavy.

The irate Lucescu immediately slapped the prolific striker on a special training programme in a bid to get Jardel in shape for the Champions' League qualifying tie against Swiss side St Gallen in August.
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