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England Keeper David James Snubs Celtic with a Move to Bristol City

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJuly 30, 2010

England keeper David James has accepted Bristol City's offer and will play for the championship side this season.

This means he turned down offers from Scottish Giants Celtic, and newly promoted Sunderland in the Premier League.

James will sign for Steve Coppell's team tomorrow, and has agreed to a one year deal with, crucially, an option for a further year—better terms than he was being offered from other teams.

James was a member of England's dismal World Cup squad as well as the Portsmouth team that was relegated from the Premier League last season.

James was tempted by the prospect of working with Coppell. He also believes that Coppell can be a help when the goalkeeper moves into a coaching role.

Family reasons seem to have played a big part in the move as James said, "I've had offers to stay in the Premier League, but it is more important that I play football—which I love—for the right club and be a family man."

He also wants to help City move into the Premier League. "The club is ambitious and that's what I am," he said. "The southwest has not had a club in the Premier League and that needs to change."

Will the fact that he now plays in the Championship affect his England career, with players and teams at a slightly lower quality and no games against European teams?

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