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Sky Blues look to get Cyrus on his bike.

Byline: Andy Turner Sky Blues Reporter

COVENTRY RYR City are trying to Y City are trying to come up with a "creative" deal to help get Cyrus Christie a move to the Championship.

e Sky Blues are due signi-cant compensation for the attacking full-back because of his age but so far the 21-yearold has been unable to nd a club after letting his contract run down this summer.

"ere have been various bits of interest from dierent clubs, both League One and Championship, but as yet the agent hasn't actually got a deal in place," revealed City's development director Steve Waggott who would consider a player swap deal.

"So we retain compensation rights but for the sake of the player, I am quite willing to do some sort of creative deal in terms of player exchange and high sell-on clause to try to ensure the lad gets a club.

"ere have been discussions about Cyrus going to the MLS but, just in my opinion, I think he needs to stay in the UK for the sake of his career.

"I am working closely with the agent to try to get him sorted as soon as possible because as we can see clubs are coming back for pre-season in their droves.

"e World Cup will be over this week and then everything will move up a gear and it's important we get him settled."

" City are understood to be looking for a sixgure compensation sum for losing the player they developed through the Academy and that may well be putting o some clubs. Coventry would like to negotiate that fee but are prepared to go to an F A F tribunal if they can't agreeA tribunal if they can't agreewith a potential suitor.

Christie is understood to be working with a personal trainer to help him keep t as the rest of the City squad get stuck into pre-season training, which started on Friday with a series of tness tests.

"He was out of contract on June 30 so he'll not be back training with us," said Waggott.

"He came in to see us the pother day which was really nice. He's been part of the furniture since he was eight and he's a great lad.

"He wants to play at the highest level and we've got no problem with that, and if it's not to be at our club - and we've made him numerous oers - then so be it. e rst was back in October last year and we kept giving him the oers and he wouldn't sign, so his mind is obviously made up to move on and we'll support him as much as we can."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 7, 2014
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