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NEWCASTLE United midfielder Geremi today insisted he remains convinced the Magpies can still challenge for honours during his time at St James’s Park.

 

The Cameroon international has two years left to run on his contract at Gallowgate after the 29-year-old quit Chelsea to bolster his chances of regular first-team football and also to add to his medal collection from his time at Stamford Bridge.

 

Geremi was a Champions League and La Liga winner with Real Madrid before his days in the capital, and also proved to be a huge hit on Teesside during his one-year stay at Middlesbrough.

 

Last season his campaign finished on a high after Kevin Keegan restored him to his starting XI after a nightmare spell in Sam Allardyce’s team, when the former Bolton Wanderers boss stripped him of the captaincy and dropped him from the first-team pool.

 

But Keegan’s return to Tyneside coincided with a return to form for Geremi, with the player netting his first goal for the club and having a hand in several of the goals scored in the final eight games, including the strike at West Ham that was recently credited to former Sunderland man George McCartney.

 

And looking ahead to next season, Geremi, currently on World Cup qualifying duty with the Indomitable Lions, told the Chronicle today: “Everything is set up to succeed, without a doubt.

 

“We have everything to do it with the facilities. And not to mention the fans. Every week St James’s Park is full.

 

“That’s a big thing – it’s exciting. When you play you want to fight for those people and try to win something.

 

“When you win matches they are happy so it inspires you to do well.”

 

Geremi said Keegan had instilled confidence back in the United camp, even though it took nine matches to get off the mark with a win over Fulham on a day which he laid on goals for Mark Viduka and Michael Owen.

 

He added: “Kevin will try to do it his own way and the way he knows. He doesn’t do things like anybody else.

 

“If you remember when were struggling, he was telling us that the training is good.

 

“He said don’t worry about the results, they will come – and he was right.

 

“If you look at the Blackburn match, we were the greater team but we lost the game.

 

“That’s football, but he told us afterwards that things will come, and it did.

 

“We trained well, and we were playing well and scoring goals.”

 

Geremi will take on Cape Verde Isles in a World Cup qualifier in Yaounde on Saturday, before three more summer matches in June in FIFA’s African qualification zone.

 

A trip to Mauritius takes place on June 8 before home and away matches with Tanzania over the following two weekends.

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Guest alex

I thought you were referring to:

"Geremi was a Champions League and La Liga winner with Real Madrid before his days in the capital, and also proved to be a huge hit on Teesside during his one-year stay at Middlesbrough."

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