Georgian international Temuri Ketsbaia has become the second big-name signing for Dundee FC manager Ivano Bonetti this week after joining the Scottish Premier League club from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in a deal worth in the region of €800,000.
Ketsbaia signed a six-month deal and follows Chinese international Fan Zhiyi to Tayside. After training with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday, Ketsbaia revealed he finally felt wanted again after an unhappy spell in the English first division.
'Enough was enough'
"Everything has happened so quickly and I'm really happy to join an ambitious club like Dundee," Ketsbaia said. "I only started about three or four games this season. Things were not happening so eventually I decided enough was enough."
The former Newcastle United FC player, scorer of 15 goals in 45 international appearances for Georgia, is delighted to join up with fellow countrymen Georgi Nemsadze and Zurab Khzinashvili at Dens Park. "Georgi and Zurab are both good friends and I know that will help me settle,'' the 33-year-old said.
'Dundee have ambitions'
"They have done very well since coming here and that maybe puts a bit of pressure on me to do the same," he continued. "I have spent four-and-a-half years in England and now I'm changing country. I know there are two main teams in Scotland, Celtic [FC] and Rangers [FC], but Dundee have ambitions to try and close the gap. We have to try and finish in the top three or four in the league and push for a place in Europe."
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