News this morning that Newcastle approached Argentine great Riquelme in January, about moving to Newcastle next season, but he turned down the offer.
Riquelme – could have been wearing black and white stripes
Juan Roman Riquelme has revealed today that he turned down a lucrative offer from Newcastle United to play for them next season.
World Cup hero Riquelme, who is currently playing well for Boca Juniors, says that Newcastle United gave him the chance to move to the Premier League next season, but he turned down the offer.
Apparently Manchester City were a second club who sounded out the Argentine in January, after he had an outstanding Olympics tournament last year, and led Argentina to the gold medal, and showed both great skill and great leadership to drive his side to victory.
“I have had offers to go to England which were very attractive but I am happy at Boca,”
“Staying will give me the best chance of playing for Argentina in the 2010 World Cup.”
There had been reports that Newcastle were pursuing Riquelme in January, so it would appear those reports were true, and he could have also been the Argentine Joe Kinear said we were initially going to get on loan in January.
Of course he doesn’t actually say it was Newcastle in that statement above, but it’s being widely reported that Newcastle were the major club in for the player, and we assume Coloccini and Gutierrez did their best to persuade the 30 year-old to come to Tyneside.
Isn’t it a pity that one didn’t come off. 🙁