Charles N’Zogbia, the 22-year-old French Under-21 International, whom Newcastle have brought along nicely in the last four and a half years, has made it plain he would like to leave Newcastle, just in case clubs didn’t know that already.
Charles N’Zogbia – next installment of his soap opera
We really do wish this lad would keep quiet and not give frequent updates on what’s happening with his possible move to another club. This should not be allowed by players who are contracted to clubs, but it does show his lack of maturity and he comes across as far too self-centered. And the rumors over the last few seasons that Charles has a high opinion of himself may be very true.
And to be sure N’Zogbia is becoming a pain in the neck for most Newcastle fans, with his continual quotes in the press.
It’s clear that Aston Villa would like N’Zogbia, probably because James Milner has said how good he is, and apparently Spurs and Villa have already contacted his representatives as to his availability.
And then Charles has the audacity to say he’d prefer to move to Arsenal – well that’s very diplomatic of him to Spurs and Villa, his potential new employers.
Charles has been talking again to L’Equipe – unfortunately:
“My agents are talking with Tottenham and Aston Villa,” “I’m waiting to see what will happen.”“From what they have told me, Arsenal could also be in the frame, but there hasn’t been a direct approach from them.”
“Personally, I have a little preference for the Gunners but, whatever happens, they are three great and ambitious clubs. It’s very flattering to see them interested in me.”
“I’ve spoken to my bosses at the club. They know what my aims are and what I want to continue to progress,”
“As soon as a big club knocks on the door with a good offer, I don’t think they’ll prevent me leaving.”
“A return to France is not unforeseeable. But personally I have always said that my priority is to remain in England.” “It’s a league which I take pleasure from and which suits me well.”
“Anyway, a return to France is not relevant because none of those clubs have contacted me.” “I am 22,” “It’s an age where I have to be seen, especially with regards to aims that I have targeted for myself.”
“I want to get into the France team as soon as possible and I feel that at Newcastle, that won’t be possible.”
Newcastle shouldn’t keep players who don’t want to play for Newcastle, and Charles has gone on too much about wanting to leave the club over the last year or so, and he’s destined to be moved out.
But, we are already short of one winger, James Milner, who we did not replace when he moved on in August, against Kevin Keegan’s wishes.
We should not sell Charles until two things happen – first we have to have one or even two new wingers lined up, because we still haven’t replaced Milner.
And the second point is that if Milner is worth £12M, then Charles has to be close to that value – so Newcastle should hang on for some silly money for the 22 year old, like we eventually got for James Milner.
After all Charles has made the same number of appearances at Newcastle as Milner did, he is an Under-21 International, and came to Newcastle at the same time – in the summer of 2004 – as James did, when the great Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club.
Charles is slightly younger than James, and turns 23 years old in late May, whereas James turned 23 earlier this month.
In other words the club should sell this lad, but it must be on the club’s terms, and that may not be possible in January, if a high enough bid is not received.
Of course an opportunity for Newcastle is to do a part exchange for Charles, since we need good players coming in – and Arsenal have lots of good youngsters that could help us, come to think of it.