After Newcastle have presumably walked away from trying to sign Richard Dunne from Man City, because he’s too old at 28, they may now have a hard job signing their top choice, Carlos Cuellar from Rangers.
Carlos Cuellar – wants to stay and Walter Smith wants to keep him
Sky Sports is reporting that Rangers boss Walter Smith has warned off clubs planning to make a move for Carlos Cuellar, and that includes Newcastle.
The Spanish defender has been in terrific form for Rangers all season, and performed particularly well in the UEFA Cup, where Rangers lost the final to FC Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 at the City Of Manchester Stadium a couple of weeks back.
Rangers signed the 6’4″ center-back from Osasuna last summer for around Â£2.3M.
Cuellar was vital in Rangers’ pursuit of honors last season and he helped them win the Scottish Cup and CIS Insurance Cup.
Newcastle United have continually been linked with Cuellar since late last year, and Kevin Keegan has watched him several times, and has been quoted as saying he’s one of the best stoppers currently playing in Britain.
But Smith is an old hand and an extremely wily and experienced manager, and he says that says Rangers will pull out all the stops to keep the 26-year-old at Ibrox next season.
Walter told Sky Sports News yesterday:
“We don’t want any enquiries for him,” “He has played exceptionally well for us this season.”
“For his first year in a foreign country he has had a fantastic season.”
“We don’t want any enquiries for him. If we do we will try as hard as we possibly can to keep him.”
Over to you Newcastle.
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