Definitive agreement reach with Monaco to bring Gaël Givet to OM

21 jun 2007 Par 
E.J. avec M.H.
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An official agreement was reached on Thursday night with AS Monaco for the transfer of Gaël Givet to OM. After undergoing a medical this Friday, he will sign for 4 years with Marseille.

OM’s transfer machine has kicked into overdrive in the past few days. After the announcement of the transfers of Benoît Cheyrou on Wednesday night and Laurent Bonnart on Thursday afternoon, it is now Gaël Givet and AS Monaco who have reached an agreement with the club from Marseille. While an in-principle agreement was reached in the afternoon(voir l’interview de Pape Diouf), the move was made official in the evening. The 25-yo international defender will undergo a medical on Friday before signing a 4-year contract and, along with fellow recruits Benoît Cheyrou and Laurent Bonnart, being presented to the media at the Commanderie.
So the Marseille backline will receive an important reinforcement in the defender from Arles, who was part of France’s 23-man squad that reached the World Cup final in Germany last year.
[IMG42333#R]Born October 9, 1981, in Arles, Gaël Givet kicked his first ball at Athlétic Club Arlésien. But it was at the AS Monaco Youth Academy that he took off, going on to sign his first professional contract 18 years of age. He quickly won a starting place in the first team when Didier Deschamps took over in 2001.
The left-sided player made astonishing progress and in 2002 was moved to the centre of defence, paired with Sebastien Squillaci, after the arrival of Patrice Evra. He had to compete for this spot with a certain… Julien Rodriguez.
The native of Arles quickly imposed himself as one of the best defenders in L1, even scoring winning goals with his head from time to time. 2003-04 was his coming of age. He played in the Champions League, going all the way to the final, beating huge teams like Real Madrid and Chelsea along the way.
After winning his France debut in Rennes on August 18, 2004 against Bosnia, Givet won the4 Monaco captain’s armband when Giuly left. In season 2005-06, he was one of the few players on his team to maintain a high level and he was selected for the World Cup squad as an understudy for William Gallas in central defence.
A wily defender who marks tightly and gives strikers a hard time, Gaël Givet can play anywhere across the backline, but his preferred position is central defence. Season 2006-07 was a tough one for Givet, as for his whole team (9th in the league and knocked out early in the Coupe de la Ligue).

Gaël Givet in brief
Born October 9 in Arles
Position: defender
1m81 / 75kg
Coupe de la Ligue winner in 2003 (AS Monaco)
Champions League finalist in 2004 (AS Monaco)
International A (12 caps)

2000-2001 AS Monaco 1 match 0 goal
2001-2002 AS Monaco 23 matches 2 goals
2002-2003 AS Monaco 23 matches 1 goal
2003-2004 AS Monaco 33 matches 2 goals
2004-2005 AS Monaco 34 matches
2005-2006 AS Monaco 32 matches 2 goals
2006-2007 AS Monaco 32 matches 1 goal

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