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JORGE TEIXEIRA | Ready for the fight

Posted: Tue 19 Jan 2016
Author: Olly Groome
Jorge Teixeira

Jorge Teixeira

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New arrival Jorge Teixeira insists he is ready to fight for Charlton after arriving at The Valley on Tuesday afternoon

Olly Groome reports

New arrival Jorge Teixeira insists he is ready to fight for Charlton after arriving at The Valley on Tuesday afternoon. 

The former Maccabi Haifa and FC Zürich defender joined on a four-and-a-half-year deal to become the Addicks’ fourth signing of the January transfer window and with his new club sitting in 23rd position in the Championship, the 29-year-old made it clear that he is fully aware of the task at hand.

“I know it’s a hard challenge, but I like a challenge,” said Teixeira. 

“I’m up for it and anyone who knows the kind of player I am knows I give everything on the pitch to help the club. 

“I am here to help Charlton to achieve safety and I hope in the end we can all be happy. I’m here to help the team.”

Meanwhile, the centre-back cited new Head Coach Jose Riga as a major incentive to join the ranks in SE7, having previously worked with the Belgian at Standard Liege. 

“A few days ago, I spoke to Jose Riga and he convinced me to come here,” he explained. 

“I know him as a coach, I worked with him last year and I am delighted to be working with him again. 

“When I arrived today, I spoke to the coach, I spoke with the staff and I have had a look at the training ground and tomorrow I’ll be able to start and be ready as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Riga was delighted with his new acquisition which bolsters his defensive option for the remaining 19 games of the campaign. 

“I’m very pleased to welcome Jorge to Charlton,” said the Addicks boss. 

“I know him very well from his time at Standard and I am very satisfied that he has the qualities we need. 

“He has played a lot of games already this season so he is fit and ready to join us which is very important.”

Watch Jorge Teixeira’s first interview as an Addick on CAFC PlayerHD below