Balaban deal completely above board claims agent

Last updated : 05 December 2002 By VillaMAD

Balaban's £6million move to Villa Park from Dinamo Zagreb in August 2001 is one of the transfers, made under John Gregory's reign at Villa Park, that the FA are currently investigating.

"When I heard about it for the first time I was in shock. I think it is rather difficult to say why this thing is happening now," Vuksan said.

"The whole transfer went through very strict FIFA, UEFA and English FA regulations. We also waited a long time to get his work permit even though he had played all the necessary games for the national team.

"The transfer was set up between two well-known international teams, it went through two football federations and I am very sad that such allegations and investigations are occurring at this present time."

"The first time we met John Gregory was when the transfer deal itself was signed and we flew to Birmingham to sign the contract.

"I cannot say on the internal side of the negotiations, but we did not have any contact with him until the transfer had already been sealed."

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