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Roussel Signs For City

Coventry City have beaten off competition from two leading Premiership clubs to sign talented Belgian Cedric Roussel.

The 21-year-old striker was due to remain on-loan at the club until the end of the season but his impressive form has convinced the Sky Blues to make his move permanent.

It seemed that Coventry may miss out on the player when both Sunderland and Tottenham made offers in excess of £2 million to selling club Ghent.

City chairman Richardson had failed to agree a fee with Ghent in advance of Rousselís loan spell and it seemed high profile performances against Aston Villa, Arsenal and Chelsea would price him out of the Sky Bluesí market.

However, Rousselís insistence that he wanted to be a Coventry City player has meant that the club have been able to capture him for a fee of around £1 million.

The player is delighted that his future has now been settled and admits he never wanted to leave Highfield Road.

He said: 

"I am very pleased. I can relax now knowing I will be playing for Coventry City. Knowing my future is settled will give me confidence.

"The fans have been fantastic and Gordon Strachan has been a very good influence.

"He is very pleasant and when the trainer is good to you and lets you play the football you want to play it gives you heart.

"I have signed for Gordon Strachan, the fans and the club. When I came it was only Coventry who were interested in me, so I only wanted to play for them.

"I could have gone to Sunderland or Spurs, but they would have been new clubs with new pressures. I am very settled here and delighted it is permanent."

Chairman Bryan Richardson tied the deal up with Ghentís president last night and echoed Rousselís delight at the news.

He said: 

"Everything has been agreed with Ghentís president who flew over last night.

"The transfer fee rises to a maximum of £1.2 million. Ghent had two offers of over £2 million but Cedric made it very clear he only wanted to play for Coventry City and that made the difference."

The Hare and Hounds, Coventry

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