Emre has reportedly turned down offers from the two biggest Turkish clubs â€“ Fenebehce and Galatasaray â€“ to stay at Newcastle for next season. One reason he cites is his admiration for new coach Sam Allardyce â€“ plus of course Emre is determined to prove he is not a racist â€“ having gone through a lot of pain last year when he was accused at least twice of racist comments during games.
We believe this is a good sign of what Sam has already told the players already at the club – on what he is trying to accomplish. There is no doubt that Emre is a skilled and good player – but we have not seen the best of him yet at Newcastle. We feel Sam can get the best out of the little Turk â€“ and it seems Emre thinks that way too.
The racist charges against Emre â€“ which dragged on far too long last season and obviously affected both his form on the field and his peace of mind off it – were found to be unproven in March. With training scheduled to start next week this is what Emre had to say:
“I’m very happy in England and I’m not thinking about leaving Newcastle,” “I know all the Turkish newspapers will write my name in their headlines during the transfer window. But although I have received serious offers from Galatasaray and FenerbahÃ§e, I want to continue my career in England.
“The Premier League is famous all over the world and that’s why I wanted to move there.
I will stay at Newcastle. I have great respect for Sam Allardyce, the new coach.”
With Emre being an attacking midfielder he will have to fight it out with Joey Barton for an attacking central midfield position. It’s going to be interesting as we bring in new players – what the make-up of the team will look like as we get closer to the league kick off on August 11th.
It is also being reported that Allardyce is behind in his rebuilding program at Newcastle – having so far only brought in a defender (Rozehnal – signing Wednesday now), midfielder Joey Barton and striker Mark Viduka. More players may be brought in this week – but the retention of Emre we feel is a good move for the squad.