Good news reported by Alan Oliver in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today, as he reports that Kevin Keegan seems convinced Charles Nâ€™Zogbia wants to stay at St Jamesâ€™ Park.
Charles N’Zogbia – we hope he stays put at Newcastle
Kevin thinks that Charles so much wants to stay at Newcastle that he hasn’t even talked to the gifted 22-year-old Frenchman about his future.
Nâ€™Zogbiaâ€™s previous agent Willie McKay (who is also Joey Barton’s current agent) had said the French Under-21 International had wanted to head to London, where apparently some of his family live, and even said he wanted to join Spurs during the January transfer window
Charles went back to France early this summer and was said to have indicated he may not see his future on Tyneside.
But Kevin Keegan has gone on record and said he dosen’t want to lose any of the players he currently has, and is clearly looking to increase his squad with at least four new first team signings in the next 6 weeks.
Kevin talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œCharlesâ€™s pre-season has been absolutely tremendous.”
â€œThatâ€™s a massive boost for me because I did not know quite how he would come back. But he has returned absolutely spot on.”
â€œHe has worked very hard, and heâ€™s a very valuable player, because he can play in two or three different positions.”
â€œI havenâ€™t talked with him. I donâ€™t ask players if they want to stay. Theyâ€™ve got contracts. His attitude tells me â€˜yesâ€™, but I donâ€™t ask them.â€
Nâ€™Zogbia looked to be in good shape on Saturday, as he played the full 90 minutes in Saturdayâ€™s 4-1 victory at Hartlepool United in the first of the pre-season friendlies.
A game and a win we may add that has lifted the spirits of Newcastle supporters all around the world.
Charles began the game on the left wing, and then dropped back to left-back to replace Jose Enrique after half time.
Charles has already shown he can operate well at left back, and still score goals from that position, but we would expect Kevin to play him in a more forward position.
But there were no complaints from the young Frenchman when he started the second half at left back. He’s a boy who wants to play, and you cannot blame him for that.
In fact James Milner, Damien Duff and Charles were all out of the first team at the end of last season, and all three have come back with the attitude we would have hoped for – determined to make the starting lineup.
Nâ€™Zogbia was one of our very best buys when the great Bobby Robson brought him from Le Havre in 2004, and then announced he expected him to fight immediately for a first team place.
Looks like he still has a good career ahead of him, and hopefully that will be at Newcastle, and Kevin Keegan has shown he knows just how to handle the youngster.