Ruffier reveals City snub

12 July 2011 11:30
Goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier claims he spurned interest from Manchester City in favour of a move to St Etienne. [LNB] The keeper, capped once for France, will undergo a medical at the Ligue 1 club before signing an expected four-year deal. [LNB]Had Ruffier made a City switch he would have likely found it tough to secure regular game time, with England international Joe Hart already established in the number one position. [LNB]The 24-year-old, who left Monaco following their relegation from the French top tier, says he did not feel City could offer him the same playing opportunities as Les Verts. [LNB]"On Monday afternoon, my agent received a phone call from Manchester City," Ruffier told L'Equipe. "However, for me the priority was to play at St Etienne, because sport is the most important aspect. [LNB]"Manchester City doesn't matter to me. I am not at City, I am at St Etienne and I am here for the sporting aspect. I was only attracted to playing." [LNB]City's apparent interest in the Frenchman fuels speculation that reserve keeper Shay Given could leave Eastlands this summer, with Aston Villa reportedly chasing his signature. [LNB]While Ruffier feels St Etienne can offer him more playing opportunities, he knows he will be in direct competition with veteran Jeremie Janot. [LNB]"Did I consider the presence of Jeremie Janot? No I didn't," he added. "I was just looking for a high level club where I could blossom, that's all. [LNB]"With Monaco suffering relegation to Ligue 2, I wanted to leave. To me it was essential to remain at a high level. That's why I chose St Etienne."

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