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.
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.