AS Roma director Walter Sabatini admits coach Rudi Garcia drove their deal for Gervinho.

Gervinho has been a revelation since his arrival from Arsenal.

"I would not have signed Gervinho for any other Coach," the director of sport told Sky Sport Italia.

"If a tactician requests a player for a certain role, then that's different. Garcia specifically requested Gervinho, a player he had worked with and won with before at Lille.

"Because of that request we worked to bring Gervinho in. It was not an easy negotiation process, either."

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