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Djemba Djemba joins United

Published: Friday 4 July 2003, 0.59CET
Manchester United FC have signed Cameroon midfield player Eric Djemba Djemba in a five-year deal.
 

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Published: Friday 4 July 2003, 0.59CET

Djemba Djemba joins United

Manchester United FC have signed Cameroon midfield player Eric Djemba Djemba in a five-year deal.

Manchester United FC have signed Cameroon midfield player Eric Djemba Djemba in a deal that could rise to €6m.

Five-year contract
The 22-year-old has cost the English champions €5m from French side FC Nantes Atlantique, with an additional €1m to be paid depending on appearances. The player signed a five-year contract at Old Trafford, after passing a medical today.

'Here to learn'
Speaking to the club's official website, Djemba Djemba said: "This is a very proud moment for me. Ever since I was a teenager it has been my dream to play for Manchester United. If the club is signing me it is because they really believe in me. I am here to learn and to work hard."

European experience
Djemba Djemba came through the ranks at Nantes, signing as a professional with the club three years ago. In his first full season, he helped them win the 2000/01 title and played eight times in their subsequent UEFA Champions League campaign, including a February 2002 match against United.

Closely monitored
"Eric is a young player we've watched throughout the season, and he's impressed us each time with his understanding of the game," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's website. "He is quick, aggressive and a good passer of the ball."

New faces
Capped 14 times by Cameroon, Djemba Djemba helped Cameroon win the 2002 African Cup of Nations and also played for his country at the recent FIFA Confederations Cup. He is the second new face at United in a week, following the arrival of French striker David Bellion on a four-year contract.

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