N’Zogbia Not Happy at Newcastle United


Kevin Keegan has said he will fight to hang onto one of his best young players, Charles N’Zogbia, whose head seems to be turned to London for his future career.

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Charles N’Zogbia – we may lose him in the summer

Charles seemed happy to sign a new and improved 5 year at the club recently but to be honest, the former Le Havre player has not looked completely happy this season.

And Keegan revealed today:

“Charles came to see me about all the speculation.”

“He’s just signed a new contract here, but it’s something we’ll have to revisit again in the summer, because the signs are that he’s not that happy here.”

“But this is a big club, and we’ve got two or three months to work with him.”

This is not good news for the club and early in the season, before Big Sam came to the club, he wanted to leave the club but Geremi mentored him and he seemed quite happy,

But we think his head is being turned by the lights of London, where lots of other French players ply their trade. There’s also a question as to what Charles’ best position is.

Keegan thinks N’Zogbia is more effective as an out-and-out left winger – as he continued:

“I thought he has done very well again playing at left-back. I’m not saying it’s his best position, but he’s a gem of a lad.”

“He never complains at all.” “He can play in midfield and left-back, but his best position is definitely on the left of a midfield four and bombing on.”

Keegan will be hoping that Charles plays for the French Under-21 side against Spain tonight, when Enrique should be in the Spanish side. N’Zogbia is suspended for the game at Villa on Saturday, after picking up 5 yellow cards for the season.

It will be disappointing, to say the least, if Newcastle cannot hold onto their young star, who doesn’t turn 22 until May. But if Charles insists on leaving, there’s not much Newcastle can really do, except get a good price for the emerging super-star.  We only want players who want to play at Newcastle United.

But it will be very bad precedent for our Youth Policy.

Comments welcome.



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66 comments so far

  • Chicken

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh dear – doesn’t say much for the current state of affairs at NUFC.

    To be perfectly honest though – who can blame him?

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  • obafemimartins

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2

    arsenal have obvoiusly tapped him up when we played them. i hate it. hopefully when we get a good team going he will want to stay. i think he feels threatened by duff taking his place

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  • sparetheman

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3

    N’Zogbia is the player I rate highest out of the current squad. I’d be devastated if he left. We’ll have to match his ambition if he’s to stay in the summer but I fear it might be too late already.

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  • Bill F

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Did he get a good deal in his contract and is he getting what the rest of the senior players get.

    Everyone has been acclaiming him as the best player this season so if he is getting less then he may have cause to be disgruntled.

    Could have another Taylor situation brewing up.

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  • obafemimartins

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #5

    he seemed very happy with allardyce! who would be happy with allardyce as manager. we need to do everything in our power to keep him here. he is the best talent we have and the future of our football club. terrible news. 🙁

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Hes a great player but the good thing is that it is very easy to find a great player in his position unlike others.

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  • Michael

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Where are these quotes from Keegan from?

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #8

    KK has till the summer to get Zog to change his mind but if he wants to leave then so be it. No good having players here if they don’t want to be here.
    Zog is almost always guaranteed a starting place here, somewhere else he could end up on the bench alot more than he’s used too.

    Sometimes it’s better being a “big” fish in a small pond ( not that I like to think of Toon as that lol).

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  • Macas

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #9

    No need to sell, he’s on a five year deal so keep him until the end of next season and hopefully some big signings will change his mind.

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  • canmag

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #10

    zoggie a very very good player,but a regular starter at the arse don’t think so , warm the bench at chelski , spurs good chance to start but
    lots of competion down left side in the middle very little not much chance to be reg starter.
    maybe its the hammers haha

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Look like Schweinstiger is available in the summer, rather have him than Zog 🙂

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  • iraqi_geordie

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #12

    If he don’t want to play for us he can fook off and he is not that good imho

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  • hanzemre

    Feb 5, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    he’s good but not yet great hopefuly getting there soon. For me he can to play in AM/CM if Faye in DM & Enrique (LB) is fit/available again.Very good competition for LM till the end of season.Hope KK’d get him happy to stay & play for his revolution.

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  • nufctj

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #14

    ed already said it all:

    “We only want players who want to play at Newcastle United.”

    That’s all that ever needs to be said about any player, I don’t care if your Cristiano Fooking Ronaldo, if pulling on the black and white does not inspire you to give everything you have, then show them the door (for the right price of course.) Yes, Zog has potential, and would fit nicely into a side more to KK’s liking, but.. if there is one thing that sets any player apart from other players, no matter how technically good you are, it is what is in your heart..and if your heart ain’t black and white then off you go! Are you listening Mr. Owen? we are watching you…

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  • Marguerite

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Whilst I think Zog is a great little player in our team, how would he stack up against similar / better players competing for his place in another team? I would be sorry to see him go, yet in another sense if he is so determined to move down south for yet another ‘family reason’ (why can’t the family move to Newcastle?) then let him go.

    As Tom_Toon so rightly points out there are others equally good and better.

    Zog should remember he is far from the finished article and he had no reluctance to extend his improved contract so he should honour it.

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  • Leo*

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #16

    im probly going to be bombed by anger from people like eve and sinead for this but i think the reason is his team mates, to be more specific shay given, every chance given gets he is shouting at him, not in a constructive way but quite nasty, i have watched it at the home games…

    one example if you can watch the whole boro match again, there is a free kick taken by boro in the 2nd half, and charlie is on the post and watches it out then follows the ball off the field. given then has a go saying why didnt he stay on the post… when in fact he had, given just wasnt paying attention… it has happened quite alot

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  • Rich

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    I totally agree with that comment nufctj, if we aint goning to fight for the cause and bleed for the club then we dont want you simple as!! I really hope we keep Zog tho he is quality, but as tom-toon said its a good position to find a quality replacement! Im also starting to believe that Michael Owen does love the toon and he does want to be part of the revolution , i hope so!

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  • nufctj

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Although I admire M. Owen’s talents (will never forget the argentina goal) I am not nor have I ever been convinced he wanted to wear the black and white, it just happened that way. And if he stays healthy and keeps scoring goals, his price tag will go up and he will be gone. Maybe I will be wrong, but me gut tells me I am not.

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  • brett

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #19

    i would quit

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  • SuperShearer

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Zig Zog might want to leave. However with a new five year deal just signed the price is going to have to be right for Newcastle. In other words how much money would we need to replace him for a like player. As you say Ed he seemed happy when Germi was here and he has been away on ACON duty. Perhaps when he returns Zog will have his mate back and be content to stay.

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  • nufctj

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #21

    leo*, I most always enjoy your postings, but come on lad? Zog is wanting to leave cuz Given shouts at him on the pitch? That is daft, and if it were true, then Zog should definitely be sold to the highest bidder! No crybabies in black and white! someone change his diaper.

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  • sparetheman

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Marguerite and Tom_Toon, I don’t think there are many premiership left wingers out there better than or equal to N’Zogbia. We would be hard pushed to bring a suitable replacement in my opinion. If you can name some please do. Schweinsteiger isn’t a realistic option.

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  • Bill F

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom-Toon comment 11 now thats someone I have been banging on about, would agree 100% there.

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  • nufctj

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24

    oh yes, I am little ZOG, and I miss me best mate Geremi (even though he plays like a piece of shite for NUFC), and me has been cryin’ meself to sleep every night, cuz the big bad irishman yells at me and calls me naughty names on the pitch!

    Come on! like I already said, IF HE DOESN’T WANT TO WEAR THE BLACK AND WHITE, THEN FOOK HIM!

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  • the artist formerly known as cooldj

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #25

    would prefer if he moved abroad!

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 5, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #26

    If the cockney bastards come in for Zog, let them. If the cheeky cockney bastards want to pay a VAST amount of money for him, let them pay. We dont want anyone playing for the toon if thair heart is not in it, and thats the vibes we are getting from Zog. I just hope that, if he does go to spurs, we qualify for the CL next season and they dont, he will be gutted for not staying at this fantastic club. We are a bigger club than they are and ALWAYS will be. So fook the cockneys!

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  • paul p

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #27

    i cud not agree more with you nufctj. if are not proud and do not want to wear the shirt or play for newcastke then get them sold its the same situation with taylor, although he loves the toon and will not be leaving. Yes great player is nzogbia and has plenty of talent and a good future ahead of him, but if his heart is not in it, then lets get some stupid money for him as thats what it will take. we will get someone else who is better than him. going forward, no one better to attack apart from his final ball. its worse than milners, defensivly, he is shocking, switches off too much and is not a full back as we saw down manchester city.

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  • Eric

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #28

    We must keep Charlie at all costs. Not very often we get a diamond with such potential.
    Hope KK can pursuade him. We dare not lose our Zog on the Tyne. I certainly hope that nobody in the glare of those London lights is trying to turn his head. Do not reckon him for a glamour boy actually. Fingers crossed.

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #29

    If he does go, Urby EMANUELSON from Ajax will do!!!!!

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  • Leo*

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #30

    i guess no one read my post n.16…

    people have to look at this from two perspectives not just the clubs side

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  • Rich

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Realistically in the premiership id be happy with Downing as his replacement, but i think we will get more for our money outside the premiership.

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  • Eric

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Have to agree with the sentiment that if a player is not proud playing in the black and white there is no place in Newcastle for them. If Zog turns out to be like that then I will pay his fare to arse and all or the sperms if need be.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #33

    sparetheman – im not talking about from the premiership it is not of much importance in the midfield when they come from other countries as long as they have a little pace and a littler strength.

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  • singapore geordie

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #34

    i have to agree with Leo.. N’zogbia is only 21, he is slightly unsettled by all this change in management. He can see the instability that is sweeping the club and though measures are being taken to steady the ship, your mind can’t help but wonder what if…

    Give him some time and i’m sure that he will change his mind about leaving. Committing 5 years of your life to NUFC at the age of 21 is a big decision and i would not doubt his heart was not there when he signed. This speculation is because of the agents and I think that players should have the right to negotiate with the clubs directly and not them.

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  • jeff

    Feb 5, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #35

    If Nzogbia wants to go then tell him to either buy himself out of his contract or put a massive price on his head…..I read it was because his family were down London where have we heard that before….In any case is he not french?So if his family moved to england they should be up in Newcastle with him,christ who is the footballer here??Who is the one earning the big money?Get shot of him in my eyes…..yes he is talented but we’ll move on,we only want players willing to play for newcastle united…….I say get rid of the huffy little shit

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  • Stami

    Feb 5, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Zoggy is one of our best players! he has really started to shine this season. im sure Arsenal where interested in him while Roeder was at the club.

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  • paul p

    Feb 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #37

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mxL8j54U5G0

    RONALDO VRS TURAN. CHECK THIS OUT

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 5, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Deportivo are looking to get relegated so we could just buy Guardado to replace him, Schweinstiger may be available, and Barnetta would also be a good young option, not to mention people like Albert Riera and even someone like Andrew Surman from Southampton. My point is Zog will be easily replaced with equal quality if not better.

    There is also Rodriguez of Benfica, Leonardo of Ajax, i could go on and on.

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  • Eric

    Feb 5, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #39

    One has to wonder about the origin of these stories. We all know who Charlie’s agent is. What contribution comes from the New Grub Street hacks? Wish I was a fly on the wall in whatever London pub they make these horror stories up in! I woulud fly around and poo on their pizza and pee in their beer. There seems to be an anti-Geordie feel in the air at times.

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  • paul p

    Feb 5, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #40

    this is the boy we shud be going for like. turan

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mxL8j54U5G0&feature=related

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