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Bolton striker Klasnic hoping for drama free preseason

Bolton Wanderers striker Ivan Klasnic hopes for a preseason clear of drama.

The Croatian international faced a battle to prove his innocence after being falsely accused of rape in October.

Striker Klasnic was cleared of all wrong doing by the police - but the married father-of-one admitted the incident took its toll.

"I tried not to think too much about everything, but I was calm as I always knew that I was innocent," said the 31-year-old hot-shot to the Bolton News.

"But everything was just so sad, because there were a lot of rumours and talks.

"The hardest thing was that I had to say I'm sorry for everything but I wasn't even guilty. Luckily my family was by my side. They believed me, but I had to explain to them why me, why is this happening.

"It was hard time for me as everybody was asking me questions. But I showed once again how strong I am. Nothing can break me.

"I always loved football and that - with my family - helped me to stay on the surface."

Now German-born Klasnic is hoping to put his problems behind him and concentrate on his football.

He added: "I don't know what will happen in next season but because of everything that happened to me, so many bad things, I just want to enjoy it."

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