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02/01/2004

A new beginning...

A new beginning...

After completing the medical tests I finally signed a 18-month contact with Leicester. The contract is initially until the end of the season. Then, I will have the option to renew it or continue my career with another team.

It was only a matter of time for the transfer to take place as the manager at Newcastle was not counting me in his plans. I had to play if I wanted to maintain my chances for the all important invitation to the Euro 2004. I had offers from other English and Italian teams, but I finally decided to go to Leicester because I felt that the people there and especially the manager believed in me. I hope I can help my new team fulfil their goals. It will be the best way to return their trust!

As such, I will be leaving Newcastle after six years. Even under the current circumstances it is very difficult to be honest. I have many good memories and I came to consider Newcastle my second home. I would have liked to finish my career with United, but unfortunately things don't always turn out the way we want them. Still I would like to express my gratitude to the fans that never missed a chance to show their support. They always made me feel special.

I will start training with Leicester from Monday and if everything goes well I may play against Southampton on Wednesday.


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.