We saw all the reports yesterday about Charles N’Zogbia wanting to leave Newcastle United, but it looked to us like an old regurgitated story.
Charles N’Zogbia – old worn out story regurgitated? – we think so
We had watched Charles’ interview after Sunday’s game on nufcTV, and he was just thrilled with the Tottenham win, and was so upbeat, and was even seen to smile once or twice during the interview.
We think this story was around about a month or two ago, and since that time Charles has said he is happy at the club, because he just wants to play, and this story was around when he was on the subs bench.
The story was that he had told L’Equipe:
“After four years at Newcastle, I want to reach a higher level of ambition. I don’t think that is possible here.”
“I have given my all to the club, and I will go on to do so as long as I play.”
“But I would like to reach a new level by finding a new challenge at a new side.”
There are reports today from France that suggest PSG could agree a swap deal for N’Zogbia, with 18-year-old star defender Mamadou Sakho heading in the opposite direction.
That would be a good deal for Newcastle but PSG are hardly a bigger club than Newcastle or as ambitious, so we’re not sure why Charles would want to go there, although he has said before it’s an ambition of his to play at the Paris club.
The only news that worries us is that Martin O’Neil of Aston Villa is said to be interested in Charles. And the very last thing we want to see happening next month or in the summer, is Zog ending up at Villa, like James Milner did before him.
Surely we have learned from our mistake in letting Milner go – now we need to find another right winger to push Jonas Gutierrez.
We have Damien Duff and Charles for the left wing position but Duff is injured so much that Charlie will get more than enough playing time on Tyneside, especially with the top form he displayed on Sunday.