Phelan-Factor Draws Berra To Millwall
Scottish defender Christophe Berra, who looked ready to sign for English Premier League outfit Stoke City only a day ago, has puzzled fans and journalists alike by signing for Championship side Millwall.
Berra was quick to highlight that manager Mike Phelan played a big part in the decision, saying his experience at the top made it easy for the former Hearts player to decide. Reports are also suggesting that Millwall put in a late offer that turned the tides.
"To work with a man like Mike Phelan is an honour, and really eased the pressure on making this decision," said the Scottish defender. "Someone who worked so closely with the Scottish legend that is Sir Alex must know his football.
"I can't wait to take Millwall to the Premier League," he added assertively.
He was presented with a jumper and may feature in the last game of Millwall's preseason versus Dartford. He will be fighting for a place amongst other central defenders Paul Robinson and Danny Shittu.
Mike Phelan even admitted that once Stoke tabled an offer he thought that the deal was over. "I am stunned, and happy at the same time," he told the press. Millwall fans are excited at the prospect of Berra, who enjoyed successful spells at Hearts and Wolves.
Rumours are that Millwall offered a last gasp contract offer worth £10,000 a week in order to lure Berra, who thought that the opportunity of guaranteed first team football was better than bit-part role in the top flight.