31-year-old defender Habib Beye is out of contract in June of next year, but the Senegal star seems keen to extend his stay, and potentially finish his career on Tyneside, and that will come as some good news for Newcastle fans.
Habib Beye – wants to stay at Newcastle United
Beye was asked about whether he will sign a new contract at Newcastle, and he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ll see.” “We will talk with the club.” “I have one year left and I’m not the type of player who enjoys being at the end of his contract.”
“We will talk to the club at the end of the season.” “I’ve given my best for the club and I am happy to be here.” “I want to play for Newcastle.”
“I’ve had a bad time in the last two months but lots of fans have said they want me back.”
“It’s been good for me being in Newcastle and I have a good relationship with the fans and I give my best for the fans and the club.
“I want to stay here and continue doing my best.” “For me there are plenty of things to look forward to next season and, with a settled team, without the turmoil, we can do well.”
“So I hope that we can talk with the club and find a solution.”
Beye has endured a season of frustration after picking up both Achilles and ankle injuries this season.
But Habib still thinks that if Newcastle were able to field their strongest side more often this season, the team would have been much higher placed in the Premier League table.
The former Marseilles star and captain continued:
“I think Newcastle have been very unlucky this season.” “Look at the injuries.” “We’ve had Oba, Alan Smith, myself, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and lots of others out. It’s a long list.”
“When you have these type of players you need them to play.” “They are first choice, and when there are five or six of them missing it’s hard.” “We have missed their experience.”
“It’s unlucky for the club.” “If you wrote the team down on paper, it’s a good team.” “The manager has never had the chance to put his best team out.”
“Owen, Viduka and Martins have not played together yet.” “When you have this type of strike force you will do well.”
“There is nothing you can do.” “You can only pray!”
Newcastle fans have done enough praying since Bobby Robson left the club in 2004, but so far it hasn’t brought too much improvement – but maybe next season.
Habib Beye is exactly the type of player the club should be talking to about extending their contracts at the club. He was Newcastle’s player of the year last season, and while he’s had a tough time with injuries this season, you can hardly fault his attitude or leadership skills.
Habib can help us get up that league next season – right now we are just hoping that’s still the Premier League. 😀