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Curbishley backed over Ljungberg

Alan Curbishley and Freddie Ljungberg
Curbishley was only able to start Ljungberg in 22 Premier League games

West Ham have rejected reports that manager Alan Curbishley was to blame for the expensive and unsuccessful signing of Freddie Ljungberg.

The Swede, 31, left the club on Wednesday after just one year of a lucrative four-year deal.

And the club insists that former chairman Eggert Magnusson negotiated Ljungberg's transfer from Arsenal.

"The financial discussions relating to the transfer had nothing to do with Alan Curbishley," said a statement.

"(He) has never been involved in player transfer and contract negotiations."

A report in The Sun newspaper on Friday claimed that the Swede took 6m to end his contract, and quoted West Ham co-owner, Asgeir Fridgeirsson, saying: "It's the manager and his management team who are responsible for paying out the player's salary."

Ljungberg joined the Hammers from Arsenal in July 2007 for a fee approaching 3m.

He only started 22 of West Ham's 38 Premier League matches last season after enduring injuries that included a cracked rib.

see also
Ljungberg agrees to leave Hammers
06 Aug 08 |  West Ham
West Ham swoop to sign Ljungberg
23 Jul 07 |  West Ham

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