- Title: VARIOUS: FILE OF FOOTBALLER EDGAR DAVID WHO HAS SIGNED UP FOR BARCELONA
- Date: 5th May 2002
- Summary: DORTMUND, GERMANY (DECEMBER 1, 2003) (REUTERS -Access all) 1. EDGAR DAVIDS TRAINING WITH JUVENTUS 2. JUVENTUS TRAINING MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 27, 2003) 3. EDGAR DAVIDS TRAINING 4. JUVENTUS COACH MARCELLO LIPPI TALKING TO PLAYERS NOORDWIJK, NETHERLANDS (SEPTEMBER 5, 2002) 5. DAVIDS TRAINING WITH DUTCH NATIONAL SIDE Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: DORTMUND, GERMANY / MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK / NOORDWIJK, NETHERLANDS
- Country: Netherlands England United Kingdom Germany
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- Story Text: Barcelona sign Edgar Davids on loan from Juventus.
Barcelona agreed a deal to sign Dutch international
midfielder Edgar Davids on loan from Juventus on Sunday
(January 11) after late-night talks with the player.
The 30-year-old Davids will join Barcelona until the
end of the season, when the under-performing Catalan club
will have a "preferential" option to make the move
Barcelona said the deal was subject to the player
undergoing a medical on Monday and the official
confirmation of the transfer from Juventus, who gave
Barcelona the green light to negotiate with the player
after a meeting in Turin on Friday.
Barcelona's director of football Txiki Begiristain told
reporters after the meeting with Davids that the player
could be pitched straight in for the club's King's Cup game
against Levante in midweek.
Davids will join a large Dutch clan at Barcelona, who
already have Philip Cocu, Michael Reiziger, Patrick
Kluivert, Marc Overmars and Giovanni van Bronckhorst on
their playing staff, as well as coach Frank Rijkaard and his
assistant Henk ten Cate.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta had talks with
Juventus in Turin on Friday and was given permission to
open negotiations with Davids.
The former Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan player's
contract was due to expire at the end of the season.
Davids emerged as one of Europe's outstanding
midfielders when he played alongside Rijkaard in Ajax's
1995 European Cup-winning side.
In 2001, Davids tested positive for the steroid
nandrolone after a Serie A match against Udinese, but
maintained he was innocent of any doping offence and made a
successful return to action after serving a four-month ban.
He was sent off in last season's Champions League
quarter-final win over Barcelona at the Nou Camp, but after
serving a one-match ban he was instrumental in helping Juve
to victory against Real Madrid in the semi-final, second leg.
Juve went on to lose the final to AC Milan after a
Barcelona beat Real Zaragoza 3-0 on Sunday but remain
in seventh place in the table, 16 points behind leaders
Valencia and with no realistic chance of challenging for
Barca officials, including Laporta and Begiristain,
left the Nou Camp after that game for talks with Davids at
a Barcelona hotel and an agreement was announced after
midnight local time.
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