Well it’s probably come full circle since last weekend and now Charles N’Zogbia says he wants to stay at Newcastle United.
Charles N’Zogbia – ready to fight for place on Tyneside
In Charles’ first interview since reports came out of France over the weekend that he wanted to leave St James’ Park, N’Zogbia told the Evening Chronicle today:
“In an ideal world, I would want to stay with Newcastle United.” “This is the first time I have spoken about my future and those quotes attributed to me over the weekend came from my agent back in France.”“Obviously, I am not happy that I have hardly figured in Joe Kinnear’s starting line-up recently, but that is up to me to put right.”
“This is all out of my hands, and if Newcastle want to sell me then there is nothing I can do about that.” “But don’t forget I have been at Newcastle for over four years now and I consider this my home.”
“And I now have a big French pal in Sebastien Bassong, who is doing great for us the moment.” “My immediate aim is to get into the team alongside him – starting at Middlesbrough on Saturday.”
“I have happy memories of the Riverside Stadium as I feel the goal I managed there last season – with my right foot – was one of the best I have scored for the club.”
It was a wonderful goal by Charles, and yet it was with his weaker right foot, as he cut in from the left – a terrific goal by the youngster.
And Charles talked about the story, that we thought was too silly to even publish, that he refused to go for a morning walk with his team-mates last Saturday, because he was too tired – what’s the big deal!
“And as far as last Saturday is concerned, I woke up at our team hotel in absolute agony with a back spasm.” “It’s something that often happens to footballers.”“I had to get the doctor to come and attend to me, and this is the only reason why I missed the pre-match walk before the Chelsea game.”
“The doctor did wonders for me and I was able to be involved against Chelsea – something I did not think possible when I woke up.”
Charles shouldn’t worry about these stories – which are generally just full of mischief, but he should do what he says, and go all out to get his starting position back at Newcastle.
He’s looked very good these last few appearances as a lively substitute, and all he needs to do is keep his head down and he’ll be just fine.