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Saturday, 13 April, 2002, 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK
Man City snap up Schmeichel
Peter Schmeichel
Schmeichel has agreed a one-year deal with City
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has agreed to join bitter rivals Manchester City.

City boss Kevin Keegan swooped for the Dane after Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor indicated the Old Trafford legend was not part of his future plans.

"I'm delighted to have signed a player with such huge experience," said City manager Kevin Keegan.

"He has a great stature in the game and, hopefully, he will have as big as impact at this club as Stuart Pearce."

Schmeichel's agent Paul Stretford confirmed the move, adding: "The club have put a contract together for one year, which Peter is very happy with and he will join before the start of next season."

Schmeichel, 37, won five English Premierships titles and the 1999 Champions League with United after joining them from Brondby in 1991 for 600,000.

'Verbal agreement'

He made his last appearance for the English giants in the dramatic Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich in Barcelona.

Schmeichel then moved to Sporting Lisbon where he conceded fewer goals than any other keeper in his first season in Portugal.

He joined Villa on a free transfer last July on a one-year contract but agreed to leave when Taylor told him he could not guarantee him a permanent first team place.

"Peter had a verbal agreement with John Gregory when he signed that he would always be first choice," said the former England boss.

"However I was not able to guarantee that to Peter as I have a young Finnish lad here Peter Enckleman, who every time he has come in and played has done very well."

One player who will not be going to Maine Road is Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids, who has committed himself to Italian club Juventus until 2004.

Man City boss Kevin Keegan
"The deal is done and I'm absolutely delighted"
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