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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Chesterfield breaks club record to snare Spanish San Jose

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Young Spanish Central Defender Mikel San Jose was officially unveiled to the public as a Chesterfield player this morning after a torrid battle with fellow Division three rivals Birmingham City vie for the Spaniard’s signature. The Spireites broke their own club record which saw veteran Taras Mykhalyk and young Danish fullback Jonas Knudsen move in the opposite direction, the deal accumulated to $11.7 million breaking their previous record signing held by Michael Ballack for $7.8 million.

The signing of the much coveted Spanish defender San Jose represented quite a coup for the little Yorkshire side with as many as seventeen clubs monitoring San Jose with the likes of Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth interested but only Chesterfield and Birmingham registering an official interest.   
Manager Glory Days couldn’t hide his delight in securing the former Aston Villa star and was open in his admiration of the young man

“I’m happy to admit that we got our top transfer target, he has great positional sense, good heading ability for his size and a strong tackler. His leadership on and off the field will be another attribute we will utilise here in Chesterfield”
“I have been a great admirer of his talents since I arrived as the manager of Chesterfield. When he was playing at Aston Villa, we tried to get Mikel (San Jose) unfortunately we couldn’t come to an agreement, so I’m glad we made it work this time around with Racing”

San Jose will have big shoes to fill with the departure of former captain Taras Mykhalyk in the opposite direction to Racing.  Fan favourite and former captain Mykhalyk had played 115 games for Chesterfield and is known for his uncompromising style and was a key part of Chesterfield’s impressive promotion in season 7, not missing a single regular season game.


“We would like to wish Taras and Jonas the best of luck in Spain and thank both of them for an invaluable contribution to Chesterfield. Taras (Mykhaylk) has been a marvellous leader for our side and he is a great example for any young footballer”   

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