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Chelsea's Managing Director Colin Hutchison
"A player we tried to sign a year ago"
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Wednesday, 28 June, 2000, 14:45 GMT 15:45 UK
Chelsea sign Croatian star
Mario Stanic is Chelsea's third summer signing
Mario Stanic is Chelsea's third summer signing
Croatian international midfielder Mario Stanic has joined Chelsea in a 5.6m deal.

He becomes Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli's third signing of the summer.

Vialli has splashed out nearly 25m in the last month as Chelsea aim to seriously challenge for Premiership honours next season.

They signed striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for 15m from relegated Spanish side Athletico Madrid and centre forward Eidur Gudjohnsen has moved to the London club from First Division Bolton Wanderers for 4m.

Stanic had been playing for Italian side Parma but has left the Serie A side for a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

I have won the Super Cup, Uefa Cup and the Italian Cup but I think I will win more at Chelsea

Mario Stanic

The 28-year-old is a goal-scoring midfielder who can also play in attack.

He scored 25 times in 109 appearances for Parma and was a member of his country's World Cup squad which finished third in 1998.

Stanic said: "I know every player but, now, I think it is not fair to speak about some players - I see Chelsea as a good team.

"I have won the Super Cup, Uefa Cup and the Italian Cup but I think I will win more at Chelsea.

"I think I can play in two, or a maximum of three positions - right side, or striker, or a little bit behind the striker - but the decision will be from the coach.

"I spoke via telephone (with Vialli) two times and now everything is finished I hope to enjoy my holidays and then return to work."

Stanic also figured in Euro 96 when Croatia made the quarter-finals.

He is due to make a low-key first run-out for the Blues - in a pre-season friendly at Kingstonian on 22 July.

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31 May 00 | Holland
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