Martins thrilled by move

26 August 2006 10:06
Newcastle United new boy Obafemi Martins is confident he can do justice to the club's famous number nine shirt. The Nigerian striker completed his £10million move from Internazionale on Thursday and has been given the squad number made vacant by the retirement of the Magpies' record goalscorer, Alan Shearer. Martins said: "I am very happy to be in Newcastle and I am happy that Glenn Roeder believed in me. "I am happy to be wearing number nine, I met Alan Shearer yesterday and I thanked him very much for the shirt because it is a very important shirt here. "This is my dream come true, when I was a kid I always wanted to play in the Premier League. "A lot of people said the Spanish league is the best, but for me it was always England. It is a fast league and a fantastic league. "People have told me that the fans here are number one and I agree with them, they are. I promise them I will do my best." Martins, 21, is set to make his Magpies debut at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Source: ESA