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Gervinho begins Roma training

August 6, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Gervinho has commenced training in Rome as formalities surrounding his move from Arsenal are dealt with.

PA PhotosGervinho played under Roma coach Rudi Garcia at Lille.

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Roma have had an €8 million bid accepted by the Gunners with terms over the payment still to be ironed out. The Cote d’Ivoire international arrived in Italy at the weekend and, having already passed a medical, he has already been put through his paces for the first time at the club’s Trigoria training ground.

He will train individually once again on Tuesday until his transfer has been rubber-stamped, then he can jet out to the USA to join his new team-mates on their tour of the States, perhaps even in time to make his debut against Chelsea at the weekend.

There, he will link up with Roma coach Rudi Garcia, the man who he worked under at Lille between 2009 and 2011 prior to joining Arsenal.

"I’m really happy, this was my dream," Gervinho said after arriving in the Eternal City.

The 26-year-old’s arrival gives Garcia an extra option in his attack and could accelerate the departure of Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, while at the same time exciting the Giallorossi’s fans, who are flocking back in their numbers in anticipation of a competitive season.

Roma missed out on a place in Europe last term and will only have Serie A and the Coppa Italia to concentrate on, yet they can look forward to warm support with the fans backing their bid for success.

"I’m really happy - the Curva Sud is soon going to be sold out and that’s great," said the club’s CEO Italo Zanzi to Roma Channel. "The fans have faith in us. We knew that some people would want to see how things went this summer, but now we have their faith.

"We have a great coach, great players and a winning project."


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