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City Defence Strengthened

MCFC have just confirmed the signing of Tal Ben Haim from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee and subject to a work permit...

This is certainly a step in the right direction for Mark 'Bluesy' Hughes as he begins to bolster his squad in preparation of what could be a long season including our longed for European mission.

The official site confirmed:

'The 26-year-old former Bolton man has penned a four-year contract and becomes Mark Hughes second signing as City Manager.'

Welcome to City, Tal!

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 30 2008

Time: 5:04PM

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I Like the comment by him that he preferred to come to us despite having a had a better offer from another Club.
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30/07/2008 17:37:00

What great player to sit on bench.
city 81
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30/07/2008 17:37:00

alphieblues, There no offer for him, He moved to Chelsea free !!
city 81
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30/07/2008 17:44:00

I'm not really sure he has strengthened anything.
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30/07/2008 17:45:00

Well, let's be honest, K. He was hardly ever going to play regularly at Chelsea. I just hope his morale and performance hasn't been ruined SWP style.
Johnny Baguette
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30/07/2008 17:48:00

JB, This is the first deal for Hughes, but Jo was start talk before Hughes come, I surprise when we contracting with this failed player and On the other hand we have great Academy !!!!
city 81
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30/07/2008 18:01:00

I Forgot to say .. Congratulations Chelsea .
city 81
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30/07/2008 18:03:00

Nice one city 81! Right now, I'm still worried over squad numbers. We're still thin on the ground and for me, too lightweight in midfield.
Johnny Baguette
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30/07/2008 18:12:00

JB, I am worried more than ever. :)
city 81
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30/07/2008 18:38:00

I think its a great signing for us he is a player that can play nearly anywhere he was brilliant for bolton but chelski do wat they always do dont give players a chance well done hughesy
dunne deal
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30/07/2008 19:10:00

and trust me look what hughes did for blackburn he is a great manager and always has a trick or 2 up his sleeve he knows what he is doing
dunne deal
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30/07/2008 19:12:00

DD, If we dont have money or We not have this great Academy or we play in Division3>> At that time we can say is a great signing !
city 81
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30/07/2008 20:00:00

Great signing in my opinion. Will stop the back four thinking their places are guaranteed, and can play in several positions. Nice one Sparky!!
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30/07/2008 20:59:00

Ben Haim wasn't brilliant for Bolton, just solid, which is something he wasn't at Chelsea. he never looked comfortable at Chelsea for some reason and was frequently caught out of position or burned by a faster player. He isn't a terrible defender by any means but certainly he isn't great either. Best of luck to him. Who knows, he may rediscover his form with you.
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30/07/2008 21:06:00

According to the excellent soccerbase he made a paltry 10 League appearances for Chelsea, including 3 as a sub. He turned out for Chelsea 17 times all season. Hardly enough time to rate him. Yet another player with Stamford Bridge splinters in his arse.
Johnny Baguette
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30/07/2008 21:29:00

Come on! Tell us! How much did you pay, we're inquisitive!
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30/07/2008 21:30:00

and the comments about us not giving players a chance have given me a good laugh :-)
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30/07/2008 21:30:00

3 mill is the undisclosed figure knocking around!
Johnny Baguette
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31/07/2008 08:29:00

City 81 - you are a very cynical man. I don't get the impression you even want us to win owt. You sound like you'd be more happy if we were ***** so you could carry on your whinging. If we won the league, would you change?
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31/07/2008 18:13:00


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