Habib Beye was not selected to take part in Senegalâ€™s summer schedule, in which they will play in four World Cup qualifiers against Liberia (twice), Algeria and Gambia.
Habib Beye – likes playing at Newcastle – a special club
That’s got to be good for Beye, because he’ll get a good rest from football, after completing his first season at the club, where he has gained the support and admiration of the Newcastle faithful with some great dogged displays at right full back.
Beye will be able to spend the summer recharging his batteries for a new season at Newcastle, under the great Kevin Keegan.
Habib spoked to the Evening Chronicle this morning:
â€œEven after my contract is finished here, Iâ€™d like to stay beyond it.”
â€œPlaying for Marseille was a fantastic experience but Newcastle is a special club for me.”
â€œWe wanted to finish last season strongly and already we are looking forward to next year.â€
The Former Marseilles captain has certainly become a firm Geordie favorite, with his never-say-die attitude and excellent displays, but he also is aware the Newcastle side massively under-achieved again for the second season in a row last year.
And Beye is used to success at Marseilles as he continued:
â€œIâ€™m very happy to play for Newcastle.”
â€œSometimes you have some difficulties, but you learn all the time when you play football.”
â€œThis season has been different for me.”
â€œWhen I played for Marseille, I played in the Champions League and this year we had to fight to keep Newcastle in the Premiership.”
â€œBut you learn all the time and Iâ€™m really enjoying playing for Newcastle. I want to stay and spend a long time here.â€
Since Keeganâ€™s return to Newcastle, there are definite signs that the boss is getting the ship back in shape, and Beye was one of his stalwarts in the final 10 games of the season.
The happy upbeat atmosphere at the clubâ€™s Benton training HQ has returned and Keegan will be planning a full and tough schedule for his team when they return from their summer break.
Kevin hasd the team playing some beautiful passing football towards the end of the season and with 4-5 top players coming in and Owen, Taylor, Martins and Duff all staying, we should have a much improved squad over last season.
Habib went on:
â€œAll the people are very friendly. For me it has been a good season because Iâ€™ve played all the time.”
â€œI think the manager is happy with my work and wants us to progress all the time.”
â€œPlaying for Newcastle is good and I want play well all the time.”
â€œWe have very good fans and we need to win a lot of games for them.â€
Beye epitomizes the positive attitude that has returned with Kevin, and we have to think we’ll finish a lot higher than 12th place next season.
Whether we can reach 5th position remains to be seen, but if we do that would be fantastic, and then next summer will be even more exciting as we attempt to improve our squad even further.