At the end of last season Newcastle fans were wondering if Charles N’Zogbia would still be at the club at the end of August.
Charles N’Zogbia – wants to move to London
Newcastle left winger Charles N’Zogbia is reported to be ready to tell Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan he has a desire to play somewhere other than at Newcastle, preferably at Arsenal or Tottenham.
The French Under-21 international, who Newcastle signed from Le Havre when he was just 18 years old in 2004, has been linked with a move away from St James’ Park, following reports that he is unsettled on Tyneside.
N’Zogbia started 27 Premier League matches last season for Newcastle, and still has four years remaining on his current deal, which he signed last September.
Maybe we should explain to Charles that contracts are not just pieces of paper but they are agreements to be honored on both sides, as a legal document.
Not that the recent ridiculous pronouncements from Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the President of FIFA helps much.
Sepp compared players’ contracts today to modern slavery, and then had the utter gall to say that Christiano Ronaldo should be allowed to leave the Red Devils for Real Madrid “if he wants to.”
How do these people ever get elected to high office when they come out with these stupid statements all the time?
We suppose someone has to explain to Sepp about what contracts are for – because it seems like he has no idea.
N’Zogbia has said he wants to hold talks with manager Kevin Keegan shortly to discuss his future at the club, and he told France Football yesterday:
“At the end of last season I didn’t play a lot, so that has given me desire to play somewhere else.”
” When I talk with the coach it will be clearer. My priority is to play.”
“I have dreamed about Arsenal since I was kid. I would be delighted to join the Gunners.”
“It is a famous team that has big coverage in France. But Tottenham is exciting too.”
“I have never played in Ligue 1. That could be an experience in my career. But frankly, it is not my current priority.”
” I am playing in one of the best leagues in the world. And I feel a little like at home here.”
If Charles wants to play regularly, the last thing he should do is move to Arsenal – if they in fact want him.
There are some great players at the Gunners, who cannot get a game in the first team, and Charles will have a much better chance of playing first team football on Tyneside.
But if we he really wants to move to London, we know Kevin will not stand in his way – but Newcastle need to put a decent transfer fee on the player, and only sell him, if a club meets that figure.
If that doesn’t happen then Charles has an obligation to stay at the club, because he signed a 5 year contract last year, and should have thought about all this before he signed the contract.
Of course we may hear from The FIFA President on this in the future, telling Newcastle to sell Charles to Arsenal immediately, for whateverÂ Arsenal want to pay for him, should in fact Arsenal actually want him.
That’s no more ridiculous than the statement he made recently on the Ronaldo case.
And these people run world football?
Heaven help us.
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