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Roussel Hopes For Permanent Move

Coventry Cityís on-loan striker Cedric Roussel has revealed the motivation which is helping him produce his stunning form Ė a permanent move to the Premiership.

The 21-year-old is on loan at the club until the end of the season from Ghent, but is hoping that his blossoming partnership with Robbie Keane will persuade boss Gordon Strachan to make the deal permanent.

Roussel was unable to claim a place in the Ghent side during his time at the club, and is desperate to avoid having to return there.

He said: 

"I want to play my football here, not just in England but for Coventry City.

"This is a great club with a great coach and I think that it will be very good for both of us if I can stay here.

"I do not want to return to Ghent because I donít think there is any place for me at the club.

"They have a Norwegian coach and the front two players are also both Norwegian so it makes it very difficult to get a chance in the team.

"They have also signed four more strikers since I have been at Coventry so I think they are planning things without me."

Any decision on Rousselís move could be dictated by cost with City manager Gordon Strachan and chairman Bryan Richardson insisting that the club have not got money to spend.

No set fee was agreed for Roussel in advance, and after stunning performances against Aston Villa and Arsenal were beamed live around the world Ghent may now look for more money.

It is believed that City could secure the Belgian Under 21 starís signature for around £1 million but they may have to find the money from selling a current squad member.

The Hare and Hounds, Coventry

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 30 Dec 99

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