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Geremi excited by ambition

19 July 2007 12:47
New signing Geremi claims the ambition shown by manager Sam Allardyce persuaded him to swap Chelsea for Newcastle United. The 28-year-old Cameroon international joined the Magpies on a free transfer earlier in the month after being impressed by Allardyce's plans for the St James' Park club. Geremi, who previously played in the north-east with Middlesbrough, made 108 appearances in four years at Stamford Bridge. "As soon as I heard that Newcastle were interested, I didn't have to think for too long," he told the club's official website. "I just said 'yes' straight away because it's a big club with huge ambition and amazing fans. "I have always appreciated the Newcastle fans whenever I have played at St James' Park. "It was never easy coming here to play and I am more happy to play with the fans behind me. "Sam called me and told me about the ambition of the club and said he wanted to build a good, new team and I told him I wanted to be part of that. "It's a big challenge for me and I hope to help the team achieve something because I know Newcastle have not won anything for a lot of years now. "The manager will decide if I play in midfield or defence, but the most important thing is to be part of the team, and I'm looking forward to that."

Source: ESA