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GEORGIA On THEIR MIND

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Georgi Kinkladze wasn’t the only Georgia internatio­nal to end up at Manchester City in the ’ 90s – three more followed, too.

Just eight months after Kinkladze’s City bow, Mikheil Kavelashvi­li made his Sky Blues debut – but the striker netted only three times in 30 appearance­s. It wasn’t enough to earn a renewal of his work permit, and he was shipped off on loan to Grasshoppe­rs.

Kinkladze’s former Saarbrucke­n team- mate Murtaz Shelia ( left) arrived in 1997, as did fellow defender Kakhaber Tskhadadze. Both were hit by injuries but outlasted Kinkladze at Maine Road, going on to feature for City in the third tier.

Only three other Georgians have played Premier League football: Rati Aleksidze made three cameos for Chelsea, Zurab Khizanishv­ili swapped Rangers for Blackburn, and Temuri Ketsbaia used his spell at Newcastle to take vengeance on several advertisin­g hoardings. Either he was a staunch opponent of capitalism, or just very angry.

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