Allardyce wrote in the London Evening Standard: "An awful lot has been written about Ravel and how he was pressed by me to sign for Mark - 99 per cent of it has been rubbish. There would have been contact between Ravel and any number of agents this season. I know, my chairmen know - it happens to any player who breaks onto the scene at a young age.
"If there has been any contact between the player and Mark, as has been suggested, it has been nothing to do with me.
"There would have been a flood of agents trying to persuade Ravel to promise this or that."
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