David Rozehnal got to know all about Newcastle’s new central defender, Claudio Cacapa, during his two years in the French league.
The Czech defender played for PSG while Cacapa captained Lyon to their fifth consecutive league title last season.
David talked about his rival for the center-back position to the Official Newcastle United Web Site and it’s very interesting what David had to say.
David Rozehnal - Glowing report on Cacapa
The 6’3â€ Czech defender believes Cacapa will be a big success on Tyne-side and Claudio made his first appearance for Newcastle reserves on Monday night when they beat Newcastle Blue Star 2-0 with a very strong side. Reports of the game suggest that Claudio walked through the game with confidence and authority.
Here’s what David said about Cacapa on the Official Newcastle United Web Site:
“I don’t know him too well yet as a person, but I did play against him a few times and he is a top player.”
“He played for Lyon for a long time and if you do that, you must be a top quality player.â€
“He was captain and that is something special.â€
“I have spoken to him since he arrived and he is a clever guy and down to earth.â€
“He does not go on like a big star and he is a likable character.”
Rozehnal, who has looked very solid in the heart of Newcastle’s defense in pre-season and last week at Bolton has welcomed the arrival of further reinforcements in the United back four
David went on:
“It is good that we are getting some more quality defenders in now.â€“It is now up to us to help them adapt quickly into the team.â€
“At this time we have a lot of good players here, some good young players and generally a strong squad.”
We’ve got to say how impressed we are with where David is coming from. He’s thinking of the team all the time and we realize there will be great competition for the two central defender positions this season. It’s not clear to us that Rozehnal and Taylor will always be first choice.
Cacapa is extremely good and has much more experience than the others so we’ll find it very interesting to see how things work themselves out. Then if Edmilson arrives at the club in January we’ll have four great central defenders in Taylor, Cacapa, Rozehnal and Edmilson. The competition for places will be terrific and will ensure whoever has the shirt will need to turn in an outstanding performance to keep their place.
Hey – wonder if that’s the general idea
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