Our new loan signing from Georgia (and Blackburn), Zurab Khizanishvili, has today talked about another former Georgian at Newcastle – the colorful Temuri Ketsbaia.
Temuri Ketsbaia – while at Newcastle
Zurab talked about Ketsbaia today:
“I remember watching Temuri all of the time for Newcastle and dreaming of playing for such a big club like him,” “He was one of the first big names to make it in England and we all supported Newcastle because of that.”
“Temuri is a very good man, a little bit crazy, but a good man who is now one of my best friends. I played with him for the national team and then for a short time at Dundee, he was a great player and a strong character.”
“If I can be half as popular as him then I’ll be happy. I spoke with him this week; hopefully he will come and watch me play.” “I’m really happy, and looking forward to playing games for Newcastle.”
“Sometimes a dream comes true – Newcastle is a massive club.” “I know they’re in the Championship, but it doesn’t matter, to be honest. It’s a great club, and I’m sure they’re going up.”
Khizanishvili would like to make his debut for Newcastle against Plymouth tmorrow at St James’ Park, after being allowed to leave Ewood Park on a three-month loan deal.
The former Dundee and Glasgow Rangers center-half added:
“All players want to play in this kind of stadium, and I hope for the best for myself and my team tomorrow. It’ s a great game, and I’m looking forward to it.”
“I think I’m too young to sit on the bench â ” I’m 27. That’s why I decided to move to the club. When Newcastle came it was a really big honour for me.”
“It’s for the manager to decide whether I play or not – he’s t and played over 80 times for he boss. I’m ready, and I can play any time, no problem.”
Ketsbaia was at Newcastle from 1997 until 2000, and played for Newcastle over 80 times with 8 goals.
Ketsbaia as a manager – a smart looking man – but still no hair!
The 41 year old went into football management, and managed Anorthosis Famagusta from 2004 until 2009, and only last week was sacked by
Olympiacos F.C, whom he only joined this year.