Vuckic Flattered By Manchester United Interest – Oh No!

Newcastle attacking midfielder Haris Vuckic has said today he is flattered and honored by interest from Manchester United.

Haris Vuckic – flattered by Manchester United reported interest

That has to be bad news for Newcastle fans, as the the 17-year-old Slovenian U-21 International is said t be interesting both the Red Devils and AC Milan.

Vuckic was signed by Newcastle 15 months ago, and penned a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Tyneside club.

Haris told Ekipa, a daily sports newspaper published in Ljubljana, Slovenia, today

“I heard the news about United wanting me, but if I’m honest, then I must confess I haven’t had any contact with them.”

“I only know what was written in the press,””But of course I’m really flattered. It is a great honor to be associated with such a big and marvellous club.”

“And yes, it is hard to say no to Alex Ferguson, who has a reputation of working very well with young players.”

“But really I don’t want to bother about such rumors. I’m just glad that I can play football again.”

Vuckic has only made three appearances for Newcastle this term after being sidelined with knee and ankle injuries since last October.

Vuckic, who stands 6’2″ tall,  has impressed at Newcastle since he arrived a year last January, and has already appeared for the Slovenian U21 side.

Haris continued:

“I was out injured for six months and that was the hardest thing in my life,”

“Now I am enjoying myself again. And of course we are champions and promoted to the Premier League, so these are good days for Newcastle United.”

“My only wish now is that I could play against Ipswich Town. That would be really something after all the problems I’ve had.”

We really hope that Haris can make an appearance for Newcastle before the end of the season, because there’s little doubt this boy is a star of the future.

Haris  scored 2 goals last night for the Reserves, in the  5-1 hammering of Huddersfield Town at Whitley Park, and he looked in good form.

It would be a catastrophe if  Haris leaves Newcastle United in the summer, and there’s got to be a way that the top clubs don’t come in and get all the best young players – otherwise competition will go down the drain.

But come to think of it – it already has.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    bloody scum manure. i hope he stays

  • gibbotwg

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2

    bye bye Vuckic then. We are stupid if we don’t demand a ridiculous price for him

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    15 months down on a 3 and a half year contract, i’m no expert, but that leaves 2 years 3 months, or 27 months if you prefer. So it really doesn’t matter, if the deal is good then sell him, if it doesn’t match our valuation keep him.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    15 mill

  • gibbotwg

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Knowing Newcastle they will bow down and sell him for a ridiculously low price.

  • ginkoh

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    No surprise he flattered but I don’t think he will get chance at ManU. ManU want to sign him because he can up his price in the future, that’s all.

    That’s the way ManU make their profit for the last 10 years.

  • derekm

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #7

    remember Bassong? We made a whole bag of profit on him and have in my view replaced him with a solid pro in Williamson. You can’t read anything into a response from a 17 year old to a newspaper question within his home nation – face it – we are’nt the draw we were to european players that Freddie’s ridiculous and suicidal salary deals once made us, nor do we ever want to be again! Our best kids WILL break through, and he has more chance at St. James’ of getting first team play than at Old Trafford. Final thought – very sad to notice that there was no sign of Steven Taylor whooping it up in the dressing room at Plymouth – he seems to have upset quite a few players who to all intents appear to have sided with Carroll after their bust up, so there’s one home grown talent who we will lose this summer then.

  • toongloom

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    This lad will the better version of anderson at united. No wonder they want him. CH pls give him and krul some playing time in these 2 last games.

  • geordie jock

    Apr 21, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #9

    He needs to play the last two games, it’s no good buying promising youngsters if they don’t get to play. This lad is a gem, don’t lose him.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    the fact is he’ll have more chances at man utd then here.. i could be wrong, but if we look at this season with ranger, kadar, lualua… i hope he stays, but he was right when he said SAF gives more chances to youngsters: scholes, giggs, becks, keane, nani, ronaldo, rooney, anderson, flecher, neville brothers, rafael, etc.. & with hughton: he buys best (ranger), signs van anholt (kadar), signs pancrate (lualua).. i know u all like hughton & i really appreciate everything he’s done for the club..for us… but if we want to look up to barca & arsenal model…i dont think he’s the right man for us..sadly..

  • peterktoon

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey Ed have you seen this?
    Hope you write an article about this.

  • toongloom

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #12


    i totally agree with you, wenger, fergie give young lads a chance. Im afraid hughton hasnt and as a result kadar, krul and vuckic may leave. If he doesnt give them a chance in the championship, then they aint exactly going to play in the premiership. I think he only played carroll cause otherwise he wud have beat him up lol

    Personally i wudnt mind playing a few of them against ipswich, even if we lose because with the full house expected they can play in front of the best supporters in the country, they wud be crazy to want a move away!

  • Seabass

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #13

    If we can swap him for Carrick I’d do it 🙂

    That + a public apology for offloading Smith at us

  • Big Dave

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Now would be a good time to give him a run-out to show him that it might be worth his while sticking around

  • greekgeordie

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Vuckic should stay as he is a rising star, but if he wants to go then might as well cash on him before we loose him in two years for nothing.
    CH should give all the under used young players playing time now that all that we aimed for the season have been achieved, and I do not mean drastic changes and rotations, but rest Nolan, Hall and Harper after say HT when the game has already been won, after all we are only seriously talking of Krul, Vuckic and Kadar as Ranger and Lua Lua are not available at the moment.

  • magpie6699

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #16

    I think there’s a bit of a myth or at least some exaggeration about Wenger giving youth a chance all the time – or Fergie for that matter. Neither would play them in the team in an important game for the sake of it IF they had a better player, i.e. they must be confident that they are at least as good as the alternative. After all, they both want to win! Also, do you really know how long theses youngsters they play have been being built up in the academy or reserves at Manure or the Arse? Think about how long Walcott played in the reserves AFTER Wenger paid a tidy sum for the “rising star” – he was very careful to bring him on very slowly.
    I agree that we should try to keep him – but he’s only 17, has played only a handful of reserve games and still has to step up. Happy to ease him in for cup / unimportant games but don’t let’s get carried away. I would accept £8 million plus another £4 million when he’s played 20 games plus 25% of any sell- on.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Crazy comment by Vuckic because Ferguson is leaving after next season so he wouldn’t get anymore games with them than he would with us.

    Like many on here the main problem I have with CH is he is far too cautious and doesn’t give the youngsters a fair chance.

    It will be the same first 11 on Sat because he wants to keep the home record intact and break the 100 point barrier.

    Ashley is already probably rubbing his hands together that he can make a quick buck out of one of youngsters already.

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #18

    would be a good idea to nab that other slovenian starlet. about 22 years old, can’t remember his name for the life of me but have seen him play a number of games for slovenia…been keepin a close eye on them with the world cup comin up (US). looks like he’s got an attitude problem thought

    heard someone say in another post about going in for Michael Bradley…being american, that would be great to get someone else in in recent memory besides Gooch. He’s a commanding midfielder but i think with Nolan in the side, he would scupper his creativity, just like i’ve seen him down with Guthrie on far too many occasions.

  • nightfa11

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #19

    mattyNUFC – im from slovenia, but have no idea who are u talking about.. this might help:

    perhaps valter birsa? – currently on loan at auxerre. he’s quite good, attackin midfielder, can play on both sides, deadly from set pieces, but personaly i think there are better players out there.

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    He comes across as very mature in that article.
    I agree that our youngsters should get more games, it’s only going to be harder in the EPL.
    That article on the championship manager website was a good one.

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #21


    no, that’s not him, although i’ve heard of him a number of times as i go to ljubljana quite often (im american but i live in budapest)…he’s got the same birthday as me too!

    no, i did some research, nejc pecnik. What do you make of him?

    i’ve been really impressed with his workrate and skill when i’ve seen him

  • Newutd

    Apr 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #22

    F***k. But what can you do..he’s a Manure fan…

    They wont get him for free though!

  • nightfa11

    Apr 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #23

    he’s our 3rd choice striker..right after dedic (bochum) & novakovic (koln). currently plays in portugal (c.d. nacional). he’s ok, but his goal per game ratio is very low.. 132 matches /21 goals & he scored 17 of them in slovenian league. i’m sure he’ll improve, but he wouldnt be my choice.

    we also have a great young striker at groningen – tim matavz. read about a year ago that tottenham & fiorentina want him. dont know if it’s true, but many “experts” think he has a great future.

  • repo

    Apr 21, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #24

    well i did tell ya he’s been tapped up and wants to leave this is the start and i did say it couple of days ago..

    he is defo going to manusa…

  • Newutd

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #25

    It’s not only that he’s tapped up. He is one of the many young Manure supporters…

    I hope Ferguson doesnt come after him. He is a potential star player. BUT, if he in the summer decided to have a go for him, we should demand a good amount of money!

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #26

    All this CH won’t play young players is a joke! You all want to much, he won the championship, got us promoted, bought wisely, played the best team available to him every game. And we he had to played the youngsters, what is the point of playing Kadar at the expense of Colo or Williamson, or playing Ranger over Lovenkrandz, LuaLua over Gutierez or Vuckic over Nolan or Guthrie? It doesn’t make sense, we aren’t Arsenal, it won’t happen over night, the senior players deserve the glory of playing on Saturday, they won the games over the season. The young players should be happy to be subs or play in the cups, until injuries occur or they are given their chance and take it.

    Yes there is something to be said for playing them after Saturday, but play to many and we will probably lose and then you fans who wanted them to play in the first place, will complain at not getting 100+ points. Give CH, a very inexpirienced, but promising manager, a chance to develop a style. Do you think Arsene Wenger played so many youth players in his first few seasons? No.

    Look at the 1998 FA Cup final against us:

    Seaman, Dixon, Adams, Keown, Winterburn, Parlour, Viera, Petit, Overmars, Wreh, Anelka and Platt sub.


  • BeeGuy

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s not that important what Vukic says to the papers, its what Vukic and his agent discuss. HV and his agent certainly should know if he is getting good development at Newcastle. Newcastle certainly keep the lads informed of their progress and help them take the next step in their development. If HV does not cut it at Newcastle, then find the highest return for him. IMHO, if a team has a big, fast, smart Midfielder, one would want to fully evaluate him before going the panic route and selling him off cheap.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #28

    tino- i know what your saying mate, all the naysayers, ” hughton wont do this, hughton wont do that”. the man has been a revalation, and is my absoloute hero atm.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #29

    haha brilliant just found a clip on youtube with us invading the pitch, i am the lad with a red hoody that falls over and does a klinsman, haha watch it its funny as fcuk

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #31


    Exactly, lets celebrate his success, i’m sure CH would have played the younger players if he thought they could get the job done. Lets not forget Enrique (24), Guthrie (23), Simpson (23), S. Taylor (24) and Carrol (21) have been integral to our squad. Plus Ranger has played 30 games this season!!! So much for not getting a game and Kadar has 9 starts and 7 sub appearances.

  • Newutd

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Still – Tino

    We have already won the league. I dont think the experienced players would mind Hughton playing some of the young guns in the remaining games.

    And to be honest, the comparing with the FA cup FINAL team of Arsenal, with the three remaining games of the Championship which we’ve already won, just isn’t good.

    If they can’t play in these games, they will never play. I can understand he hasn’t used the talents so much in general this season, but i feel he could definitely play Nile instead of Best, and Kadar instead of Hall (who to his defence though have been good in the Championship)

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Okay then lads – do you think Ashley and CH should sit down with HV in the summer and offer him a new contract?

    Maybe he just needs to know he’s wanted here?

    Last summer The Times published an article predicating the next 10 superstars of World Football — only 2 were based in England (Jack Wilshire and Haris Vuckic)

    He is still young, but we are sitting on a future supertar. The kind of creative youngster we have been looking for since Gazza. We would be absolutely crazy to let him go.

    The board made these statements about us not signing superstars but developing them. Whats the point of developing them if we sell them at the first opportunity

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #34


    Granted the comparison isn’t fair after all it was a Cup Final, but the point is, back then Arsenal didn’t have the room for youngsters to play as much as they do now, it took Arsene time to develop them and to be in a stable position to introduce them, we aren’t there yet.

    Hopefully we can get Wilshire on loan then!!

    Quality vid, wish i was there, how you never got caught by the stewards after you stacked it!!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #35

    iv got bruised left side of my ribs after doing it aswell, was funny though

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 21, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #36

    we Better Keep Him

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #37

    No-one needs to play Saturday more than Leon Best, looked good when he came on, needs to carry on the momentum and get that goal. Fancy him to bag one if he plays. £2million signings need to be played!!!

  • baro

    Apr 21, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #38

    I wish he gets a chance before season ends vs Ipswich or QPR. He is being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo. One for the future. I bet if Chris Hughton gave him a chance, he will see that he is a wonderful lad, that can add multiple other options to the style of Newcastle. Hope we dont loose him. One for the future, he adds new type of blood to Newcastle. 🙂

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #39

    that’s our problem…for kadar and vuckic, the future is now. ranger and airy and co probably need a bit more time at a lower lever but these two lads, along with krul, need some playing time before it’s too late


    Apr 21, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #40

    there is a few simple answers. he has 2 years plus remaining on his contract so newcastle hold all the aces. he hasn’t had any playing time because he has been injured for last 5 months so highly unlikely to feature. ffs he has been out so long they have just eased him gently back into youth team as a sub never mind starting him in 1st team. lua lua has been out on loan at brighton as he is simply not good enough. he can’t even get a starting berth for them this season or doncaster last season. kadar has been involved pretty much since january but at the moment he is unlikely to oust permanently coocinni, williamson or taylor when 2 of those 3 are fit.
    if vuckic , which i hope he is turns out to be as good as everyone is thinking then price him up accordingly this summer or simply say NO and keep him .


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