Saturday October 5 2013
Sabatini: 'I didn't want Gervinho'

Roma director Walter Sabatini reveals he “would not have signed Gervinho” without an express demand from Rudi Garcia.

The striker was taken from Arsenal this summer for €8m despite a poor couple of seasons at Arsenal.

“I would not have signed Gervinho for any other Coach,” the director of sport told Sky Sport Italia. He commented at San Siro ahead of tonight’s Serie A clash with Inter.

“If a tactician requests a player for a certain role, then that’s different. Garcia specifically requested Gervinho, a player he had worked with and won with before at Lille.

“Because of that request we worked to bring Gervinho in. It was not an easy negotiation process, either.”

The Ivory Coast international has rediscovered his confidence at Roma, scoring three Serie A goals, while the team has a perfect record.

“Garcia did well in France, he won and above all his teams played entertaining football. That is why we chose him for this job.

“Objectives? I said this team should be able to fight for the Champions League, but that’s just based on viewing the day-to-day training.”

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