The Mail on Sunday is reporting that Barcelona’s Deco says he wants to leave the club in the summer, if the club doesn’t win any trophies this season.
Deco - little chance of Newcastle getting Portuguese playmaker
However, 30 year old Deco has not been used much this season by coach Frank Rijkaard, and it may be best for Deco to leave in the summer, whatever happens.
Deco has acknowledged his days at Barcelona may be coming to an end when he said:
â€œItâ€™s not a question of whether I feel valued or not, itâ€™s because I want to win.â€
â€œIf I canâ€™t help the club win, perhaps I should leave.â€
There will be a number of clubs interested in getting Deco in the summer, and it’s already being reported that Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, as well as Newcastle United, may be interested.
But to be realistic here, we don’t think Newcastle will stand too much of a chance of luring the Portuguese midfielder, since we’ll not be able to offer European Football, let alone the Champions League next season.
So we’ll not build our hopes up, but there are a number of other playmakers that seem good and are available, such as Russian captain Andrei Arshavin, amongst others. With Joey Barton out and Emre suspended, it’s been obvious that we need more creative drive in central midfield, to allow us to play the way Keegan’s want the team to play.
It’s just a pity we couldn’t get a playmaker in during January. The more we get in now, the less risky it will be, because they’ll have time to settle in before the start of next season. The coming season has to be a key season for us, after the bitter disappointment of this one for Geordie fans.
But how many times in the past have we said that?
If we don’t sign anybody in January, we’ll need to sign quite a few players in the summer, so we hope we’ll do that early on, to give the players more time to bed in, before the season starts in August.
We are disappointed that we haven’t done more in the transfer market, although we were warned that if the right players are not available we’ll not be signing anybody. With losing yesterday, and Woodgate deciding not to come back to Newcastle, we need something positive to lift the spirits of the Geordie fans.
A win on Tuesday night would do that – however unlikely that may be.
What do you think about all of this?
Comments very welcome.