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05/05/2003

Considering my future plans...

Considering my future plans...

I traveled to Greece for the international friendly against Slovakia (we drew 2-2), but I did not get to play due to a minor injury I had been suffering from the last few days.

When I came back there were a couple of injury problems in the defense, but I was not available for selection. Still I felt that even I was ready to play I would not had started. It was a very important result. The three points took all the pressure from our shoulders as we have finally managed to secure our Champions League position for next season.

I was really happy for the team, but I was also very disappointed as I did not get to help the club reach its targets. In the last three months I did not get to play any first team football and playing for the reserves hardly satisfied my football ambitions. I decided to play for the reserves to keep fit, as I did not want to lose my place in the national team, but I feel that I have much more to offer to the club.

I am really disappointed to be left out of the first team for such a long time. Sometimes I feel that the club does not need me any more. Still it is really frustrating as I believe that I have a lot to offer and that the best years in my football career are still to come.

To be honest, I would consider a move to a club that would really believe in me. I know that I have another year in my contract and I will honor it no matter what. However, I want to play regular first team football and not spend the next year playing for the reserves. My ambition was to stay and play for the club for a few more years, but I will never compromise my dreams and stay around, especially when my ‘football heart’ is not beating at Newcastle any more.


Nikos Dabizas

 

232 Appearances in England (175 for Newcastle United, 18 for Leicester in the Premier League and 39 for Leicester in the Championship). Total League-Cup-Europe appearances 550. National Team appearances 70. Goals total 40.