Newcastle midfielder Geremi has told Sky Sports today that he is ready to leave St James’ Park in search of regular first-team football.
Geremi – could be ready to leave Newcastle United
The experienced former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Middlesbrough man has been left out of the side since Joe Kinenar took over on Tyneside in late September, yet when Kevin Keegan was at the club Geremi had a starting position wide on the right, and played quite well.
Geremi is under contract at Newcastle until summer 2010 and of course was signed as a free agent from Chelsea in the summer of 2007, and he even started his career at Newcastle as captain of the club for a while at the start of the 2007/08 season, when Sam Allardyce took over from Glenn Roeder as manager.
Yet Geremi has made just 12 appearances all season for Newcastle but is likely to start in central midfield in place of the suspended Nicky Butt, in the important relegation dog-fight with West Ham United on Saturday.
The versatile Cameroon international, who is equally good at right-back, central midfield or on the right wing, has already been linked with Turkish giants Besiktas or even a January switch to France.
Geremi, 30, told skysports.com today:
“I want to be involved on the football field. I am nearing the end of my career and I don’t want to sit on the bench.”
“I heard there is a bid for me from a club in Europe but I am waiting to decide what to do.”
“To be honest, I want to play. If not, we will have to take a decision to satisfy everyone.”
Geremi should have no problem in finding another club, since he has wide experience and could do a good job elsehwre, but Newcastle will need to ensure another player or two are ready to come into the squad. if the Cameroon International is sold in January.
It may be better and safer to hold onto Geremi until the summer, since he can still do a job for Newcastle this season, and his professional attitude has never been in question.
There again, if Joe Kinnear cannot sell some of his other fringe players, Geremi may be sacrificed to bring in at least £3M to the transfer coffers for new players.
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