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Ginola to Villa: chairman's statement

English Barclays Premiership

David Ginola has joined Aston Villa in a L3m deal. The Frenchman signed a two-year contract after meeting with Villa manager John Gregory and chairman Doug Ellis in a Birmingham hotel on Sunday afternoon.

Talks had been ongoing between Ginola and Villa throughout the summer after we confirmed that we had accepted a L3m bid from the Birmingham-based outfit.

However, our chairman Sir Alan Sugar insisted on Sunday night that we are NOT a selling club: "As the chairman of Spurs I can say that we are a buying club and not a selling one.

"When we sell first team or senior players we do not do so because we need money. We do so because their services are no longer required. The manager has the final say on all incomings and outgoings of senior players.

"David Ginola has done a good job for the club and has had a wonderful rapport with the supporters. But time moves on and we wish him every success."

Ginola earlier revealed on his personal website: "Yes, it has happened - I have just put pen to paper and signed for Aston Villa! I am no longer a Spur, I am officially a Villan and I have gone from the blue and white of Tottenham to the claret and blue of Villa.

"I met with Villa manager John Gregory in a Birmingham hotel this afternoon and then with the club's chairman Doug Ellis and the talks resulted in me signing a two-year contract."

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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