Football: Ravanelli the Lure for Carbone

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BENITO CARBONE has revealed that the chance to play alongside his fellow Italian Fabrizio Ravanelli convinced him to join Derby County yesterday.

On the day that Derby's midfielder Seth Johnson completed his pounds 7m move to Leeds on a five-year contract the maverick striker joined the Rams on three months' loan from First Division Bradford City and admitted a return to the Premier ship, coupled with the influence of Ravanelli, proved too strong an attraction to turn down.

"Fabrizio is very special to me and he helped me come to Derby," the former Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa striker said. "Now we have to think about doing well together. But it is not just about me and Fabrizio, if we play like a team we can achieve what is best for this club.

"With the squad we have at Derby we must not think about relegation. We have to be positive."

The Derby manager, Colin Todd, who took over from Jim Smith less than two weeks ago days ago, is hoping Carbone will provide the spark his team has been missing so far this season.

"I have been trying to bring someone in to give us more momentum going forward," he said. "We needed a bit more flair in the team and Benito will give us that sparkle. He knows his role is to provide creativity and to score goals himself."

Carbone played against Derby last season and Todd added: "He caused us a lot of problems and he will cause other teams problems."

The 30-year-old's departure from Bradford could also prove valuable for the Bantams. City took a gamble in the summer following their relegation from the top flight by keeping the pounds 40,000- per-week Carbone on their books in the hope he would prove the inspiration behind an instant return. But Carbone's performances have been patchy this season, with City having slipped from their early lead in the First Division down to 12th on the back of a poor run.

The Bantams will save more than pounds 500,000 over the next three months, and if the move was made permanent in January, their manager, Jim Jefferies, would have the funds available to strengthen a comparatively small and ageing squad significantly. …