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Sevilla Clinch Romaric Signing

Friday 23 May 2008 by Sagesse

Sevilla have completed their first signing of the summer by sealing a deal for Le Mans midfielder Christian Koffi Ndri Romaric.

Stampa Articolo Invia ad un amico Contatta la redazione galleria zoom Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido suggested in an interview on Tuesday that the club were close to agreeing their first deal of the close-season, and so it proved as they announced the signing of Romaric, 24, on Wednesday.

The transfer fee has remained undisclosed, although reports suggest that the figure is somewhere between eight and ten million Euros, with Le Mans goalkeeper Yohann Pelé also possibly included in the deal.

Romaric signed a four year contract after passing a medical overseen by Sevilla club doctor Adolfo Muñoz and will join up with his new team-mates when they reconvene for pre-season training following a summer break.

The Ivory Coast international has been brought in to replace the seemingly Barcelona-bound Seydou Keita, as sporting director Ramon Monchi looks to build a squad capable of getting back into the Champions League next season.

He is a strong, athletic midfielder, who is a good ball winner and is also capable of getting forward and posing a threat in the attacking third from time to time, making him an ideal replacement for the Malian.

Romaric will link up with fellow Ivorian Arouna Kone at the Sanchez Pizjuan, although he will be hoping to make a bigger impact than Kone, who has endured a tough time since joining from PSV Eindhoven at the start of the season just finished.

Nick Dorrington, goal.com


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