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Dundee catch Ketsbaia
Dundee Director of Football Paul Marr welcomes Ketsbaia
Dundee Director of Football Paul Marr welcomes Ketsbaia to Dens Park
Dundee have completed the signing of Georgian international Temuri Ketsbaia until the end of the season.

Ketsbaia, 33, has been out of favour at English First Division side Wolves for some time and he was transfer listed by manager Dave Jones at the end of September.

A move to Dundee looked to have been on in the close season but the deal did not materialise due to the asking price.

However, the long-term absence of Georgian captain and Dundee midfielder Giorgi Nemsadze, a close friend of Ketsbaia, has brought about the resurrection of the deal.

Dundee have bought out the remainder of Ketsbaia's contract at Molineux which was due to run out at the end of this season believed to be worth 500,000. No fee is involved.

"Everything has happened so quickly and I'm really happy to join an ambitious club like Dundee," Ketsbaia said.

No opportunity

"I only started about three or four games this season. Things were not happening so eventually I decided enough was enough.

"The situation in football is getting very difficult and when a new manager comes in everything changes.

"There was no opportunity for me to show my ability at Wolves and nobody cared.

"At least there will be no British manager for me. Here I will be working under an Italian manager who knows what he wants from me and I promise to do my best."

Capped 45 times for his country, Ketsbaia began his career with Dynamo Tbilisi before moving on to Cypriot outfit Anorthosis Famagusta.

The attacking midfielder spent three successful seasons with AEK Athens before Newcastle United brought him to the United Kingdom in 1997.

Ketsbaia was in and out of the starting line-up at St James' Park during his three year spell with the Geordies.

Good friends

Wolves splashed out 900,000 for the player in August 2000.

Along with Nemsadze, young defender Zura Khizanishvili makes up the contingent of Georgian internationals at Dens Park.

"Giorgi and Zurab are both good friends and I know that will help me settle," he added.

"They have done very well since coming here and that maybe puts a wee bit of pressure on me to do the same.

"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 and Rangers, but Dundee have ambitions to try and close the gap.

Earlier this week Dundee completed the signing of Chinese international defender Fan Zhiyi.

See also:

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