It seems that Newcastle are continuing their transfer thrust since news today that one of their targets at Rangers, isn’t too keen to make the switch to Newcastle United, even though he could double his wages.
Madjid Bougherra – doesn’t want to join Newcastle
Rangers center-back Madjid Bougherra seems like he’s less than interested in joining Newcastle United despite claiming he could double his money with the Tyneside club.
The Algerian was linked with Newcastle in the January transfer window, and it looks he is still on Newcastle’s radar screen. Rangers are not too well off for cash these days and may need to unload some of their players this summer.
But Bougherra insists he does not want to move from a championship-challenging side to Newcastle, who are struggling once again, against relegation.
Bougherra told Sky Sports today:
“I could make twice as much money at Newcastle,” “Rangers don’t pay me much more than I was on at Charlton.” “I am not among their best-paid players, I am someone who has joined them from a Championship club.”
“But in sporting terms, I am at a big club and I am happy with what I have, as it enables me to live well and look after my family.” “My heart is with Rangers and I want another season at the very least here. I’ve climbed the ladder from Gueugnon and Crewe.”
“It would be illogical to leave Rangers for a club struggling to stay up knowing I could play Champions League football next season or at worst be in the Europa League.”
“People recognise me whenever I go to the shops and, during the last transfer window, the Rangers fans pleaded with me not to leave,” “I was surprised they begged me to stay, as I had only been at the club for five months.”
“But they said they loved me as I had replaced a player they considered irreplaceable in Cuellar.” “Carlos had been voted player of the year last season but was then transferred to Aston Villa.”
“The fans were unhappy, he was their idol and they didn’t think anyone could replace them.”
The fact that Madjid Bougherra says “It would be illogical to leave Rangers for a club struggling to stay up” just about sums up how far Newcastle have fallen in esteem, since Bobby Robson was sacked from the club in late August, 2004.
It’s sad to see that Newcastle have fallen so far, but we’ll need to get the best players we can come the summer, and try to get back up that league.
But because the club is indeed struggling to avoid relegation, it will not be easy to attract the top players in the summer, and that will need to wait until we are up there challenging again near the top of the league.
But just how many seasons that will take is an open question, and the very fact that Madjid doesn’t want to leave Rangers, even though he could double his wages at Newcastle, is even more reason the player has what it takes, and would be very popular on Tyneside.
Of course something that both Rangers and Celtic can offer a player that Newcastle cannot is European competition every season, and that’s a big attraction for players, even if the Scottish Premier league is not too high a standard of play.
In England, it’s kind of hard to qualify for Europe these days, although the great Bobby Robson had us in the European Champions League of course.
The English Premier league has all of its 4 teams into the last 8 of the European Champions League, and it’s now over two seasons since an English side was last beaten in the competition by a team other than another Premier League side – such is the mounting dominance of the English Premier league in Europe these days.
And there’s little doubt that the English domination will become a mounting concern for UEFA, if it continues, but exactly what solution UEFA comes up with is a good question.
But getting back to the impressive Bougherra, the 26 year-old 6’3″ Rangers’ center-back, it does seem that money isn’t everything with at least some players – but probably not too many.