Florent Cuvelier has revealed David Weir’s footballing philosophy convinced him to join Sheffield United.
The Belgium under-21 international trained with his new team mates this morning after signing a three year contract at Bramall Lane.
Cuvelier, previously of Stoke City, Portsmouth and Mouscron, said: “The manager here likes to play football and that is very important for me.
“He likes to play out from the back and to pass the ball through midfield. That’s what I enjoy and what I think brings the best out of me.
“I’m at a stage of my career now where I want to be playing regularly and hopefully I can do that here.
“I’m very excited about this move for a number of reasons. It’s a great club with a very ambitious outlook that wants to get back to the top as quickly as possible.”
Cuvelier, aged 20, watched Saturday’s match against MK Dons from the stands after undergoing his medical.
The midfielder, who impressed on loan with League One rivals Walsall last term, had just entered his fourth season at the Britannia Stadium.
“Obviously I wasn’t happy with the result but I was happy, footballing wise, with what I saw,” Cuvelier added. “We passed the ball well and got into some good situations.
“A few years ago, Sheffield United were a very direct team. Still a great club but, perhaps, that style would not suit me so much.
“I had four good seasons at Stoke but with my contract in its final year and with not so much information coming about whether it would be renewed, this is the right thing for me.
“I talked everything through with my family and my girlfriend and they also agreed.”
Weir, who confirmed Cuvelier is set to feature in tomorrow’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Scunthorpe, has also recruited Manchester City youngster Harry Bunn on a month long loan.
Acknowledging that Cuvelier had been one of his top priorities in the transfer market, Weir said: “Florent is a very exciting talent who can perform a variety of different roles.
“We’re delighted to have him here. He’s gifted, is at the right age and still has lots of room to mature and develop as a footballer.
“Crucially, he also knows this division too having done very well at Walsall.”