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Senderos bound for Arsenal

Published: Saturday 21 December 2002, 18.04CET
Arsenal FC will sign Servette FC's teenage defender Philippe Senderos at the end of the current season.

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Published: Saturday 21 December 2002, 18.04CET

Senderos bound for Arsenal

Arsenal FC will sign Servette FC's teenage defender Philippe Senderos at the end of the current season.

Arsenal FC will sign Servette FC's teenage defender Philippe Senderos at the end of the current season.

June move
The Swiss club have announced that the 17-year-old, who will be out of contract in the summer, will join the English Premiership champions on 1 June after an agreement was reached between the two clubs.

English education
"Philippe Senderos will leave in July 2003 for Arsenal," Servette said in a statement. "He will be integrated into Arsène Wenger's team and will improve his education in England."

Servette regular
The central defender has been a regular for Servette this season. Servette president Christian Lüscher said: "A [financial] agreement was made between the three parties," adding that the deal had been agreed for three months.

Footballing religion
"The English develop a fighting spirit in players and that is the reason I want to play at Arsenal," Senderos said on Friday. "In England football is a religion. I like the English game and I think playing in the premier league will allow me to develop better as a player."

U17 success
Senderos caught the eye of Europe's leading teams after captaining Switzerland to the UEFA European Under-17 Championship title earlier this year in Denmark. He held talks with Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier in October and was invited to train with the Anfield club during the Nationalliga's winter break.

European interest
Spanish giants Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona had also enquired about Senderos, while Germany's FC Bayern München and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven were also interested in the central defender.

Last updated: 21/12/02 18.24CET

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