David Rozehnal Already Attracting Suitors


Some good news today that David Rozehnal, who will be in duty for the Czech Republic in Euro 2008, is attracting attention from clubs other than just Lazio.

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David Rozehnal – at least 3 Italian clubs now interested in the player

David was on loan to Rome club Lazio from the end of January, and although he lost his place in the side he played the last several games for the Rome club, and by all reports played very well indeed. Lazio will have the first choice to sign Rozehnal, presumably for around £2.8M.

But news today that other Italian clubs are interested in the player, with Serie A clubs Genoa and Siena both reported to be interested.

Both clubs are said to be getting bids together, and as long as we can recoup the £2.8M we paid PSG for the 6’3″ defender last summer, then we feel Newcastle will be happy to let the player move on.

David had some trouble with the physical nature of the game in England and we think Italy (or Spain) is much better suited to his type of play, becasue he is a good player.

He played 21 times for Newcastle last season, and has so far represented the Czech Republic 42 times, and is their current first choice center-back.

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Eric

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    So, Rozza will go too? Have wondered what KK could have got out of him. David’s kid was born a Geordie too! Still his moving on will cut the wage bill I suppose. May be worth a trial under KK – any opinions?

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  • staffsmag

    Jun 3, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Lets hope he has a good european championships. Maybe we can make some money out of this deal?

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  • Davies

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Not sure he’s up for t he premier league Eric. I don’t think it was just being played out of position that he didn’t like, I think He found the prem a bit tough.

    Also, he seemed to have his heart set on Italian football. Fair play, it looks like he’ll be staying in Italy. Best of luck to him.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Why are we selling him?? He’s done nowt wrong other than wanting to play in his natural position as a Central Defender, rather than as a Full Back, where SA stuck him.

    I think we would be better off keeping him. He will give his all and you can never have too many good defenders over the course of a season.

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  • cooldj

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5

    when he came i thought he was really classy but i don’t think he’s in our top 2 CBs and i don’t think those two are good enough (we only need 1 really good one though) let alone roz. still, better than cacapa.

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  • Bill F

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Graeme my thoughts exactly, I don’t think he has really had a chance to show us what he can do. I also think that Cacapa is a much better player than we have so far seen, at the risk of being repeatative I cite Vidic as a prime example.

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  • Jeff

    Jun 3, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    I still believe he would have come good, after all he didnt actually play that badly or make that many mistakes. Fair enough he got out muscled a couple of times but arent we supposed to give people time to adapt. If we can get our money back and he wants to go then fair enough but if he stays i dont think its a bad thing at all.

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  • Macas

    Jun 3, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Good on the ball but an awful defender

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  • Gordon

    Jun 3, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #9

    I like him, I hope he stays. So he struggled at times in his first half season in the Premiership – who didn’t?

    Even Torres couldn’t regularly get in the Liverpool team until January – by which time we’d shipped Roz out!

    Don’t think he’d be any worse than most of the centre backs we’ve been linked with.

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  • Frankieboy

    Jun 3, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Agree with staffsmag let him have a good Euro’s and then that will hopefully increase his price especially if there are a no. of clubs interested.
    Never cut the mustard in PL for me, a pulled out of the tackle too often and not strong enough on the ball. His technical ability is more suited to the Continent.

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  • Leo

    Jun 3, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #11

    i would personally like to see him given a chance but it doesnt look like it will happen

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  • ToonTex

    Jun 3, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #12

    If we can get double our investment after the tourney… sell him obviously, but I think he could get sorted out under Keegan. Needs to tackle a bit tougher, but I thought he distributed well enough.

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  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Jun 3, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Could’ve made an impression alongside big physical stopper likes of Distin, Campbell or Vidic. his technical ablity and speed was definetly enough for the EPL, but he’s mos def too soft. Hope we can coup most what we payed.

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  • chuck

    Jun 3, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Guy was unhappy at the club, sure BSA and his complicated system had a lot to do with it.
    He was a decent player, finding it difficult to adapt to the speed and physical nature of the EPL, but there are other central defenders available who can do a better job.
    Soh! no hard feelings, hope the club gets a decent price for him.

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  • Obafan

    Jun 3, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Hope he plays a good Euro, so his value will be higher. Thought he could be a good player for NUFC, but he was not able to addapt at the EPL. I also have to admit that he was completely wrong used by FSA, but who wasn’t???

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #16

    We should keep him…& he’s worth well more than £2.8m!..
    …Der!..

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