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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 February, 2005, 22:48 GMT
Johnsen signs deal with Valerenga
Ronny Johnsen
Johnsen left Newcastle in January
Former Manchester United defender Ronny Johnsen has abandoned his plans to retire and signed a contract with Norwegian side Valerenga.

The 35-year-old, who left Newcastle in January, has signed a one-year deal and said: "I felt I really wanted to play football at a top level again."

Valerenga coach Kjetil Rekdal said: "Even though he is a bit `up there' age-wise, he still has his pace.

"He has a lot of experience and he will clearly be a valuable addition for us."

Rekdal added: "Ronny will use his experience with the younger players around him, by his actions at the training ground and in matches."

Johnsen joined Manchester United from Turkish club Besiktas in July 1996 for 1.2m and went on to make more than 100 appearances for the club.

A spate of serious knee injuries undermined his stay at Old Trafford and he eventually signed for Aston Villa in August 2002.

Johnsen left Villa Park for Newcastle in September 2004 but made just three Premiership appearances for the club.



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