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Arsenal midfielder Catalin Cirjan has joined Rapid Bucuresti on loan.

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Arsenal midfielder Catalin Cirjan has joined Rapid Bucuresti on loan, with an option to buy ahead of next season.

The Romanian first-division side confirmed on Friday that Catalin Cirjan will join the club ahead of the 2023/24 campaign and Bucuresti will have an option to buy come the end of the season.

Cirjan will now join up with his new team at their training camp in Slovakia.

Rapid Bucuresti play in Cirjan’s home country of Romania. The player admits this move was long in the works.

Cirjan on the move: “It was a long-awaited transfer for me. If it was up to me I would have signed from the first moment, but I’m glad I’m here now.”

“The first thing that motivated me to choose to come to Rapid was the match I played against Rapid in the Romanian Cup, when I was 14 years old. I felt like a footballer, the atmosphere in the stands, the Rapid fans were extraordinary. I was impatient to come and play at the Giulesti.”

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“I received several offers, but I discussed with my family, with my agent, with Mr. Șucu, with Mr. Mutu, and the staff. After talking with them I realized that coming to Rapid is the best choice.”

“I’m feeling very well. Last season was a very good one. I’m 100 percent ready and I’m looking forward to showing what I can do on the field.”

“I can’t wait to start working with Mr. Mutu. Those from Arsenal when they heard that he was the coach of Rapid were amazed, they were very happy. He is a legend and I have something to learn from him.”

“I’m thinking of the title, for sure. I came here with very big goals. I want to help the team with everything I can, I will give everything on the field and, at the end of the season, I hope to bring the title.”

Catalin Cirjan made 19 appearances for the Arsenal U21s last season & he also made the step up to Mikel Arteta’s squad for four Europa League fixtures. The 20-year-old is now looking to play regular senior football with Bucuresti offering him that opportunity.

Rapid Bucuresti will make the decision at the end of the season whether to take up to option to buy.

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