Habib Beye, freshly signed from Marseilles, talked to the Sunday Sun about why he decided to join Newcastle after being courted by Newcastle for much of the summer.
Beye we think will turn out to be a very good signing for us and probably better than previous target Juliano Belletti, now at Chelsea, who looked a little short of pace yesterday for Villa’s second goal, when Ashley Young of Aston Villa streaked past him.
Habib Beye – in that world famous Newcastle strip – good for him
Habib Beye finally joined Newcastle from Marseilles apparently only a few minutes before the transfer window closed at midnight on Friday. So it did go down to the wire for the player, and Newcastle fans anxiously tried to find out if Newcastle had signed their two targets â€“ Beye and Faye from Bolton Wanderers, late Friday evening and early Saturday morning. We had thought they may have been signed earlier and just announced once the window closed, but that is not the case.
Apparently one of the sticking points with the negotiations with Habib was that Beye wanted a 4 year contract at Newcastle but at the last moment agreed to sign a 3 year deal with the club and best the transfer deadline â€“ we’re glad he did.
This is what Beye told Neil Farrington of the Sunday Sun yesterday:
â€œI had the chance to join Newcastle more than a month before the start of the new season,â€
â€œI refused it because I wanted to play in the Champions League with Marseilles and finish the final year of contract while keeping alive the possibility of prolonging my stay at â€˜Lâ€™OMâ€™.
â€œThe offer from Newcastle, a big club, came again though, and it was a good financial proposal â€” it would be a lie to hide that fact.
â€œBut seeing the injury to Cedric Carrasso was what really made me reflect.
â€œLike him, I am 29, and he was not injured because of a tackle, but because of what can happen to the human body as time goes by.
â€œIf that kind of mishap had happened to me in the situation I was in at Marseilles with the end of my contract, it would have made things very complicated.
â€œYou have to think of these things and itâ€™s for that reason that I accepted the challenge of moving to Newcastle.â€
Unitedâ€™s interest in Beye was maintained despite his relatively poor start to the season in France, which saw him targeted by a faction of Marseilles fans.
â€œI thank the people at the club and the supporters, even if some of them attacked me lately. I would like to have taken those fans with me.â€
â€œI will keep my house in Marseilles and go to live there after I retire.â€
Maybe one of the reasons he left Marseilles was also because of the barracking he received from home fans early in the season. But we think , like most of the players Sam has brought into the club, Habib is big and strong and should do very well as a Premiership player for Newcastle.