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El Fitouri: "I knew it was a good opportunity to come here."

2 February 2017

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New signing Sadiq El Fitouri speaks after he joined Chesterfield from Manchester United until the end of the season.

Supporters may recognise El Fitouri from BBC TV series ‘Class of '92: Out of Their League’, in which the full-back signed for Manchester United on the back of a recommendation from former United players - and Salford City owners - Phil Neville and Paul Scholes. 

El Fitouri spent two seasons with United before his release and will now join up with the Spireites for the remainder of the season. 

“I am very pleased to be here, very happy to be here,” the defender exclaimed. “I will hopefully get some games and do well for the rest of the season. 

“It was a last-minute deal on deadline day after training. I got a phone call telling me that Chesterfield were interested and I knew it was a good opportunity to come here and show what I have got.”

A former Manchester City academy player, the Libya international left the blue side of Manchester at the age of 18 to sign for Salford City.

The defender was convinced to sign for the Spireites, having spoken to manager Gary Caldwell on his style of play and strong emphasis on youth. 

“I spoke to him on the day and he said that he was happy to sign me and that he likes younger players," said El Fitouri. "He has a certain philosophy and a way of playing football, he likes to play it from the back."

Having played in a number of positions during his career, El Fitouri explained to Player HD what his best position is and how he likes to play: “I am an attacking full-back, although of course I like to defend as well. I like to keep the ball and will hopefully add a lot of energy to the team.

“I want to help the team maintain their place in the division and perform well until the end of the season. Hopefully I am playing on Saturday and if so I will give my best and we will hopefully win the game.” 

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