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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July, 2003, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
Man City finalise Bosvelt capture
Paul Bosvelt
Bosvelt helped Feyenoord win the 2002 Uefa Cup
Manchester City have signed midfielder Paul Bosvelt on a two-year deal from Dutch club Feyenoord.

Bosvelt, 33, has agreed terms and passed his medical to complete the move to City boss Kevin Keegan's delight.

"I am so excited and pleased for everyone," said Keegan.

"He will be a big asset to this club and I am as thrilled about this signing as any I have made."

City are due to play Feyenoord in Denmark on Friday in a pre-season friendly but, at Bosvelt's request, he will not be playing against his former team-mates.

He will instead link up with his new team-mates on Monday at their Carrington training headquarters and could play in a friendly at Lincoln on Tuesday.

City have moved into the City of Manchester stadium and Keegan believes the impressive nature of the ground played a part in luring Bosvelt.

"He is the type of player who you want in your squad," Keegan added on City's official website.

We heard a fortnight ago that he would be available - I could not believe my luck
Man City boss Kevin Keegan

"At 33 he is excited about the move, about playing in the new stadium and in the Premiership. He is not here for a final pay day."

"Don't underestimate the power of the City of Manchester stadium in attracting players now to the club.

"We heard a fortnight ago that he would be available. I could not believe my luck.

"So we got on with securing the deal quietly. And I am now delighted it is all complete."

Bosvelt had earlier admitted he will find it hard to leave Feyenoord, who he led to Uefa Cup glory in 2002.

"I have had six fantastic years at Feyenoord," he told Feyenoord's website.

"I look back on them with pleasure. We are parting amicably and that is what the two parties wanted.

"That's why I would prefer not to play with Manchester City against Feyenoord. I just want to thank the fans and the club at De Kuip."

Bosvelt is Keegan's fourth summer signing, following the additions of Trevor Sinclair, David Seaman and Michael Tarnat.


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