Luque Pockets £1.6M And It’s All Legal

The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Albert Luque, a player we paid almost £10M for, and then sold for less than £2M 2 years later, has been awarded a £1.6M settlement, after a Spanish judge ordered Deportivo La Coruna to pay up on his contract.


Albert Luque – will be 1.6M richer from Newcastle transfer

Albert never really made it on Tyne-side and is now playing well at Ajax. He always maintained he was owed the money according to the terms of his agreement and contract at Deportivo, when he moved to Newcastle United in August 2005, on the same day we signed Michael Owen.

He finally took Deportivo to court saying they owed him 15% of the £10M fee that took him to Newcastle United in 2005. Deportivo’s lawyers, on the other hand, claimed the money was contractually due to be paid by Newcastle United.

Well it’ was worth a shot. 😀

Judge Manuel Carballo Garcia, who presided over La Coruna Deportivo’s social case, came out with a judgement in Luque’s favor, and said that that indeed Deportivo were the club who contractually obliged to pay the 15%.

Indeed, that type of item is in a lot of players’ agreements – a certain percentage of the transfer fee – if they don’t ask for the transfer – and it should hardly be paid by the club he moves to. That’s also why many players are loathe to request transfers.

Judge Garcia said after the trial:

“It is not possible to extend obligations to those whom Spanish law cannot affect,”

To be fair to Luque, it looks to us that he was legally due the 15% – because he never asked for the transfer. Newcastle came in with a ridiculously high fee, and Luque has since said, a ridiculously high wage offer , so it was hard for him to turn it down.

Typical Newcastle type of deal under Freddy Shepherd – just terrible for the club.

So Luque went after the money – and got it.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • Andreas

    Feb 17, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Good for him. I am glad the judge didn’t try to pass the 15% onto Newcastle as Depor wanted.

  • Hadrian

    Feb 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #2

    actually , ive heard stories in the past few days that we got more than 2 million for him .
    you’d think luque would be more worried about not playing than picking up a 2 mill cheque ehh , guess not .

  • Sweardoon

    Feb 17, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s not playing well for Ajax. He’s warming the bench and whinging about it. Shock.

  • Bill F

    Feb 17, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Sweardoon, yeah thats the impression I got when I watched any of the Eredivisie games. I don’t think we need to regret him moving away.

  • ToonJon (PSN ID: jnufcuk)

    Feb 17, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #5

    rumour is we sold him for £8m.:)

  • scotty

    Feb 17, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice work if you can get it! Mercenaries like this are destroying the beautiful game.

  • Steve

    Feb 17, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    How does he sleep at night?

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 17, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    On his new 1.6mil super bed of course.

  • yacht

    Feb 17, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #9

    good for albert was given a raw deal at newcastle. fair enough his attitude wasnt the best but we didnt give him a run of games. He would play better than the current plight!!

  • Bill F

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Watched the Smoggies cup game and they looked cr*p. If Alves is worth 12m then you aren’t going to get much for 20m. I think they may got their own Luque.

    On the other hand in the Ipswich game on ITV this morning Walters (who I think we almost signed) looked like a cracking player. He looks a bit like Milner but with a bit of savvy ie knows when to pass and shoot. Could well be worth a £2m bid.

  • Bill F

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Incidently does anyone know if we have put a bid in for that 5 year old kid currently training at Chelsea.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Luque is class. We wasted his talents on the bench when we had him. We should have got more out of his wages but Roeder decided not to play him.

  • Leo*

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #13

    i highly doubt any rumours are true that we got 8mil for him

  • Leo*

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #14

    bill you winding us up? 5 year old kid! surely that would be against the rules….

  • yacht

    Feb 17, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15

    it was 8 million euros!

  • GP

    Feb 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Leo – I don’t think it is, I think we can offer him a place in the Academy without there being any problems.

  • Leo*

    Feb 17, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #17

    madness, whats next, kids being born then the next day in the chelsea football club baby training facility.

  • toon4lyf

    Feb 17, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #18

    i liked roeder not playing luque was a realy bad decisun tho cus luque is class far better than smith viduka n owen

  • CJ

    Feb 17, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #19

    How can any Newcastle fan say Luque is class he said when he left he only signed cos Fat Freddie had offered him so much money in Spain he was class for Deportivo but like lot’s of player’s as soon as they come to us we never seem to bring the best out in them.

  • neil preston

    Feb 17, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #20


  • chappa

    Feb 17, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #21

    toon4lyf are u crazy..???? :S
    theres not a snow balls chance in hell that luque is even near az good as player az owen.!!!

  • CJ

    Feb 17, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Chapp- I agree

  • CJ

    Feb 17, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Does 2 m for Luque mean 2 melons.

  • chappa

    Feb 17, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #24

    2 melons?? lol 4 luque…
    be rippin your self off m8 ha

  • Greg B

    Feb 17, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #25

    I think we would have been better off keeping Luque, he did OK pre-season and like people have said, Roeder didnt give hime a fair crack, in fact there was rumour Roeder hated the lad.
    Id sooner have Luque available and have got £1.5mil or whatever it was we got for him for Ameobi instead!


    Feb 17, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #26

    I posted this on another page earlier and didnt get much response :

    Newcastle remaining fixtures:

    Man utd H
    Blackburn H
    Liverpool A
    Birmingham A
    Fulham H
    Spurs A
    Reading H
    Pompey A
    Sunderland H
    West Ham A
    Chelsea H
    Everton A

    I’d say 15 points: 3 off Blackburn, Fulham, Reading and Mackams at home , 1 off Brummies and West ham away and believe it or not 1 off chelsea as they usually play us at the end of the season with nothing left to play for so push out the reserves and we usually take something out of this fixture at home.

    Sunderland remaining fixtures:

    Pompey A
    Derby A
    Everton H
    Chelsea H
    Villa A
    West ham H
    Fulham A
    Man city H
    Newcastle A
    Boro H
    Bolton A
    Arsenal H

    I’d say six points: 3 off derby , 1 off West ham, 1 off Fulham and 1 off boro and if they dont win at derby… theyre in worse shit than us but have spent the last month looking at ours and taking the piss out of our league position

    what do you lot think?

  • Henrik

    Feb 17, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Luque was one of the best players in the league when he played for deportivo. He never got the chance. The chances Smith get every week even though he’s got 0 goals and few assists. Smith plays the position Luque would have played. Is it any wonder he’s not any good at Ajax when we were the ones that ruined his talent?

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 17, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #28

    CRAIGG thats the third time you have posted the message and still no one cares!! Why not ask Ed to do an article on it if your that passionate.

  • Bill F

    Feb 18, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Leo, sorry about belated answer. There was an article in Telegraph about this kid who is actually training at the Chelsea ground apparently he is brilliant but he is only 5. We live in a mad world.

  • Toooooooooooooooooon

    Feb 18, 2008 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #30

    i am one of the fan that think albert luque is a class player but with few opportunities. watch his first game against man utd, we nearly win that match with his effort…

    good player but no given enough chances(only 10mins from time is not enough)…

  • Rich

    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #31

    CRAIGG- I reckon from those fixtures we ill get 9 points but it will be enbough to stay up. 1 Blackburn H, 1 Brum A, 3 Fulham H, 3 Reading H, 1 Scumderland H. That will give us 38 and i think 32will go down!

    The Mackems will get 8 points and stay up also they will finish on 34!


    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Ausgeordie F**k off you c**nt
    no one cares that we still have 12 games before we can start rebuilding for next season.
    I f***cking care because everyone on this blog talks of next season, when we’ll buy this that and the other yet we are six points off the drop. i think people should care that we might end up relegated with a half empty stadium, no manager or coaches and our best players like given, taylor, faye, beye, N’zogbia, milner, emre, martins, Barton, enrique, owen, viduka, duff and probably most of our golden youngsters all leaving
    The remainder of this season is the most important thing you wanker!!!

  • ChrisL

    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #33

    I reckon that Keegan’s open statement about ‘N’Zogbia missing London’ is the start of avoiding paying N’Zogbia when he moves on.

  • Mr T

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #34

    Luque was about as much of a workhorse as Alfonse Alaves, that was his problem, he just didn’t look interested. He didn’t want to be here, and was therefore not fit to wear the shirt. I did presume I was wrong by his pre-season form though….before he was then shipped off to Ajax. Of which the Ajax manager seems to be playing squad rotation with him and Dennis Rommedhal. I’d be upset over that as well.

  • david bulman

    Feb 18, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #35

    agree with craigg,have been looking at remaining fixtures and they are not nice,the way we are playing could endup in that relegation spot.chelsea 2nd last game and if it goes right down to last game we have everton away who are playing for a top 4 finish.hopefully we can get the points against fulham sunderland and birmingham and reading and we be ok,but too many fans take for granted we will.i was very worried watching the villa game and seen kev totally lost looking on sideline,didnt know how to try change game,left smith on and played carr at left back,wont give enrique a chance who i think and most newcastle fans has alot of potential.keegan has been out of football too long and id hate to see him ruin his reputation after the brilliant years he gave us,but we needed a manager like ramos to change this club around,and now we have more talk of takeovers.its depressing

  • Rich

    Feb 18, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #36

    CRAIGG How many points do you think we need to stay up? Im as worried as you are mate, too mnay people thinking too far ahead, 6 points is not a lot in this league but i still think we will be ok. Birminghams fixture list is nasty as is Readings and they both only have 22 points so my money is on Brum too go down i hope so anyway!” Id honestly take 17th place if someone offered me it right now an just forget about this season!

  • AndyW

    Feb 18, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #37

    CRAIGG, you need to calm down mate. People can speculate if they want (you) or not (Ausgeordie) if they don’t want. Filthy-mouthed rants don’t do anything for the dignity of this site or the club you associate yourself with.

  • toonbully

    Feb 18, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t blame Luque , I blame the toon firmly for putting the money forward and buying so much dross over the past 10 – 20 years . I ACCUSE THE SCOUTING STAFF OF GROSS MISUSE OF FUNDS , AND FREDDIE SHEPHERD FOR BEING INSTRUMENTAL IN LETTING THE FUNDS GO WITHOUT VERIFICATION OF THE PLAYER’S TRUE WORTH. They should all hang their head so low it hurts !

    Craigg get off the Blogg , we don’t need you mate . Try being constructive in your criticism’s and not just foul mouthed !

  • Del

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #39

    We do need you, but just keep calm.
    I agree with your toon concerns and our young gifted players wanting to be away ‘for family reasons’. We just have to trust Kev will keep us up and buy some fast flair players in the summer


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