Bassong Wants To Play For Newcastle Next Season


We half expected somebody to clarify Seb Bassong’s statement of yesterday, because we’re sure it didn’t come out exactly as he had intended.

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Seb Bassong – clarifies statement of yesterday

And the news the Evening Chronicle is putting out today, is that Sebastien Bassong isn’t ready to jump ship if Newcastle United are relegated on Sunday.

A source close to Bassong told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:

“Somebody asked him if he wanted to play in the Championship.”  “And, naturally, because he is ambitious like any young player should be, he said he didn’t want to.”

“He knows that this isn’t the time to talk about contracts because of the position of the team.”

“He will be hoping that Newcastle can do it without him on Sunday because he wants them to be in the Premier League again next season. And he wants to play for Newcastle again next season.”

“He will be right behind his fellow players and the staff on Sunday, and that’s all he is thinking of at the minute.”  

We understand contract talks between Bassong and Newcastle will start on Monday, but this is one player who we think will still get a big offer from Newcastle – even if we are relegated.

We need to unload a lot of the players who were on huge wages at the club, yet hardly have done much to help the cause this year. The good news is that Newcastle could unload a number of players, and reduce the wage bill significantly, yet without much impact to the squad. That’s good, especially if we are relegated.

We would expect the star French youngster to be offered maybe around  £50K/week at Newcastle, and he would be one player who would earn that.

That’s unlike a lot of our older players at the club, as we are all well aware. But whether we can get him to stay on Tyneside is another matter, but Alan will no doubt need to do his very best to keep the lad, whatever league we are in next season.

We think he’ll stay if we are in the Premier League next season, but since he will want to be in the France squad for next summer’s FIFA World Cup  in South Africa, we cannot see him staying on Tyneside if Newcastle get relegated.

We’ll probably learn a lot about everything at the club early next week, and we would hope some announcement or even an open press conference with Llambias and Shearer will take place.

Shearer can do all the talking, but the fact that Derek is there, will give the club good press because they will be seen as willing to support Shearer in whatever he wants to do the club.

If Llambias is asked anything he can say – “Yes I agree with Alan” – and that should work. 😀

Whatever Alan wants to do with the Newcastle club will no doubt be right in line with what the fans want, since Alan is also one of Newcastle’s biggest fans.


67 comments so far

  • Micky Toon

    May 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Exactly what I said, earlier. No surprise that the earlier report was just a load of cobblers designed to stir up the fans.

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  • Norn Iron Magpie

    May 22, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2

    That other report was taken out of context. Of course he doesn’t want to play in the panda cola league.

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  • Toonkistan

    May 22, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #3

    funnily enuff how we all will believe the “source” now….wth foucs on survival…and Ed i think its a joke to offer 50K/week contract to a player who has an above avg season for a struggling team that made him look special….and next yr after some bad performaces, you’d slag him for his high salary like you calculate owen’s price/goal everytime you mention him …. get over it do u have any idea how much must players like Gareth Barry must be earning at villa, i m sure not a lot more than 50K 🙂 Hold yr horses ..

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  • Toonkistan

    May 22, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Oops just forget there wont be no NUFUBLOG from next yr…shame really 🙁 Need to score atleast 2 this sunday to ensure a draw atleast….having a fit enrique is certainly a good news as it free up dufff… guthrie and duff on wings.. Viduka & Owen to lead the line 🙂 martins, loven, jonas to be sub

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Good lad. 😀 I say the reporter who wrote the article should have his house egged.

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  • Sav

    May 22, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Hope this is true. Seb’s comments as reported, left a bad taste – especially as he’s got himself banned on Sunday. He is the future and is where our rebuild under Al hopefully will begin.

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  • BT9MAG

    May 22, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Toonkinstan, although you have a point I think Ed is just emphasising the need to get him on a big contract to put ‘big’ clubs off to an extent!

    If he continues the way he played this season, he will continue to be our best CB, if he improves, the contract will be justified and if he improves a lot – he will go on to a bigger club and the higher contract would suggest a high price tag!

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    50k is a bit much though. I would certainly match Taylor’s deal which is about 30k a week.

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  • Beyeday

    May 22, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I think a load of fans should turn up outside villa park and cheer from outside for a bit of atmosphere

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Dont know about outside but i will be cheering on the lads from inside Villa Park. 😀

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Anyway im not liking this thing from that progamme called 24 on skysports news about ‘survival sunday’. Whoever did that has too much time on their hands.

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  • edburn

    May 22, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    At least its some slight variation on the constant repetition of SSN stories? However, I havn’t seen it so I cannot comment on how good it is 🙂

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Well ive been watching SSN for most of the morning. Thats how bad daytime TV is. It is getting pretty boring now.

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  • Beyeday

    May 22, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #14

    i was in a isolation cubicle on the indfectios diseases ward of the genral watching skysports news yesterday

    i think my day was worse

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  • lesh

    May 22, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #15

    From the same Chronicle article…….

    It has also emerged that Dennis Wise almost blew the chance of signing Bassong. The controversial transfer chief sent out his scouting network to the Toulon tournament last summer where he was playing for France Under-21s.

    But after Bassong played twice against Holland and Japan in defeats, while he was carrying a knock, Wise didn’t follow up with any interest.

    And it was Keegan who offered the player a trial before a £500,000 bargain fee was pushed through.

    The source added: “It was Kevin who was offered the chance to look at the player on trial and he was very impressed with him.

    “Afterwards, Dennis was unhappy and angry that he hadn’t been consulted first.

    “But it was Keegan’s signing”

    Get in there Kev, he gave the little s**t a taste of his own medicine!

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  • lesh

    May 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Beyeday, you’d know if you had swine flu cos you’d come out in rashers!!

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  • Micky Toon

    May 22, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #17

    This ‘survival Sunday’ thing sky are doing is a bit of a sad reflection on the state of the PL. They used to do a similar thing with regards to who would win the PL. Now it’s always decided before the last day of the season. I’ve said it before, the PL is boring unless you are one of ‘the big four’ of Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and ManU.

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  • Beyeday

    May 22, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #18

    dont have swine flu but i do have rashes

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Wise obviously doesnt know a player when he sees one then.

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  • Beyeday

    May 22, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #20

    i have hsp

    they have since let me go but i have to stay in the house

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  • catchy in norway

    May 22, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #21

    ed
    why did you just pluck a figure out of the air £50k a week…
    he has been one of our better players, but 50k,
    if he went ars he’d get 20k max,,,
    he still has a lot to prove,

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #22

    I dont even think it would be that exciting being in the top 4. When we win it is a real sense of achievement because they are so few and far between. They just win every week and dont know what its like after going on such a long run of defeats. 2 defeats in a row (Liverpool and Fulham) and Man Utd fans were calling for Ferguson’s head.

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  • edburn

    May 22, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Micky toon – even Arsenal dont stand much of a chance nowadays, they dont have the depth of squad.

    Also, I wouldnt say our season has been boring – awful, tense and stressful maybe, but not boring. We can only dream of having a boring season!

    I rang the swine flu official helpline the other day, but all I got was crackling 😉 sorry! haha

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  • edburn

    May 22, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh and Beyeday, hope you’re alrite mate

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  • Beyeday

    May 22, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25

    the rash is fading

    the stomach pains arent as bad now

    and last night i got a full nights sleep for the first time in 12 days

    i also feel dizzy

    but on the whole i feel better

    thanks

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #26

    That story about Martins being in Milan.

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/javaImages/e0/4f/0,,10278~5918688,00.gif

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/javaImages/fa/4f/0,,10278~5918714,00.gif

    Dont see how he could be in Milan and in training.

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  • Macas35

    May 22, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #27

    All this is just back tracking from Bassong, he will be away like a shot if we go down.

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  • lesh

    May 22, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Best wishes Beyeday and apologies for the attempt at humour…. ([bacon] rashers for rashes).

    Anyway, if you’re on the mend, let’s hope that fate is going to ensure that the lads are cured of whatever’s made them play so badly, by Sunday.

    Hope you’re better for Sunday if not before.

    Howay the Beyeday lads!!!!!!

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 22, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Only if we sell him Macas. He has a contract and he is not going anywhere unless we let him.

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  • Micky Toon

    May 22, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Sure it wasn’t measles Beyeday? I’ve heard that there is a nasty outbreak of measles in the North East at the moment. Worst in 20 years or something.

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 22, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Foluwashola Ameobi

    Do you work? because you seems to be commenting every 5 minutes

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  • Beyeday

    May 22, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #32

    i thought it was meningtus at first and was shiting my self

    then when i was in some A&E room i thought i might be measles

    they had no idea what it was and were just injecting me with antibodies and pain killers

    it turned it was HSP

    They didnt know what is was as its apparantly rare and ussally doesnt happen in people older than primary school

    as im nearly 18 they didnt know what it was so they shoved me into the infectious disease ward into an isolation cube

    is was only when load of doctors came to visit me and i was rolling about the bed in pain they relised what it was

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Beyeday – hope you are better soon mate.

    Link to some of shearers press conference if anyone interested.

    My god he’s aged in the last 8 weeks!!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/8063526.stm

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  • Hugh de Payen

    May 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #35

    I can’t imagine many Championship players get £50/k week. Or even £20k/week.

    The trouble with getting rid of the dead wood, which we have to do, is the sheer number of them that need replacing.

    It will be costly.

    If we get relegated I’d like to bet Ashley puts a huge squeeze on spending, including transfer funds.

    That’s to be expected to a certain extent of course, but I bet we can’t even afford a team capable of challenging for promotion.

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  • ObaFan2

    May 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #36

    batty, if any of those predictions are true it’s gonna be a nervous day on Sunday for all of us…

    lets hope we score 3 before half time and don’t concede AT ALL, nerves settled 10 minutes in 🙂

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Do you think it has dawned on them yet the gravity of Sundays game as they all look concentrated on the training pics on NUFC website?

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 22, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Beyeday – just read up on HSP (curiosity and boredom at work). Sounds nasty fella. Good to see you are home and on the mend though. I wouldnt wish any illness on anyone.

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  • batty

    May 22, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #39
  • batty

    May 22, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #40

    ObaFan2 BUT 3 OF THEM HAVE US STAYING UP M8

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