Atletico Madrid Want Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez

As most of our readers will have realized by now,  over the last few weeks there has been precious little news around about Newcastle United.

Jonas Gutierrez – Atletico Madrid after him?

There is at best an interview each day of the week with manager Chris Hughton, and that’s almost it, with almost nothing being reported on Newcastle’s official site.

But there is another worrying report today that Europa League Champions  Atletico Madrid are considering making a move for Newcastle United’s Argentinian international Jonas Gutierrez this summer.

The Spanish side want to add a winger to their squad in the summer transfer window, and it seems that coach Quique Sanchez Flores has made Jonas one of his targets.

The 26-year-old cost £5M from Real Mallorca in the summer of 2008, and has since made over 74 appearances for the Newcastle side with 61 starts and 4 goals and was in terrific form last season.

Jonas is currently playing for Argentina in the World Cup but surprisingly playing at right back, and although he was turned over a couple of times early in the Argentina 1-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday, after that he put in a solid performance for the impressive Argentines.

We’re not sure what to make of this report, but we cannot see why Jonas would want to leave Newcastle, who are now back in the best league in the world, and Jonas has waxed lyrical about both the club and its famous fans ever since he arrived.

Add to that that Jonas and his Argentine colleague Fabrioco Coloccini are huge favorites with the Newcastle fans, and we cannot see Jonas leaving the club anytime soon.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Flan

    Jun 14, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Eh solid performance?????????? he was the worst argie on the pitch,,even Shearer said so.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Hardly surprising he’s struggling though, they might as well have played him in goal. He’s no more an international level rightback than I am.

  • Ericles

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Probably just speculation but the worrying thing is, regardless of what Jonas or CH thinks or wants, Ashley may see the glint of a profit being made here. Jonas is an asset to the club but will Ashley see that in terms of a potential sale or will he see it as a player needed in the premiership games to come? Here we go again – wait and see, wait and see.

  • Toytowntoonfan

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #4

    This guy has absolutely no end product – even when he was beating championship defenders instead of running straight in to them – no loss whatsoever – take the money on offer as long as we can spend it – 61 starts and 4 goals, and hopw many assists? Nowhere near premiership class.
    Having said that, Maradonna has got to be joking – “the first three names I put on my team sheet are: Messi, Mascherano and Jonas” – still playing Grandmaster flash and Melle Mel are we? And to play him right back? Sheesh!
    Sell, sell, sell.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Athletico can’t come near what we pay him

  • BeeGuy

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    While I like the “Spiderman” moniker, Jonas has an Argentinian nickname “El Galgo” the greyhound. I think it is terrific. And ask yourself this, “How many players in any world sport have a nickname, let alone two?” And two good ones at that!
    It shows Jonas’ quality that he could cover right back on a team that Diego “The Prince” Milito could only serve from the bench.
    Nigeria is not without talent, and every player on the pitch had moments when their opposite got the better of them.
    I hope we can keep Jonas and add some depth on that wing as well.

  • Toytowntoonfan

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Football is all about opinions – but I really don’t get the Jonas thing – anyone got his stats on pass and dribble completion – as well as assists – if they satck up well that’s a tenner I owe each of you. If not, then drinks are on you lot!

  • MacToon

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    I hear what you say Toytowntoonfan but NUFC is a far better team with Jonas in it so to me that speaks volumes aswell.

    His understanding with Enrique also makes our left side so much more effective, hopefully we can get the same on the right.

  • Toytowntoonfan

    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Fair do’s MacToon – I hope you’re right – I did miss quite a few games last season so maybe I just landed on the less good performances – I don’t know…and I suppose it’s how much we could get for him and what other player that money would buy us…okay…feckit! Come on Jonas! tear up the premiership! (I’m still not getting a shirt with his name on the back though!).

  • Toytowntoonfan

    Jun 14, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Fair do’s MacToon – I did miss quite a few games last season – maybe I just landed on the less good performances eh? Fair point in terms of how much we’d get for him and what other player we could buy for that amount too…okay, here goes, in the spirit of optimism and ToonFan unity…Jonas will tear up the premiership – woohoo! (Still not getting a shirt with his name on though!).

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 14, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Flan, Al-Shiraz still has a wee chip on his shoulder… And much more time spent with those two appallingly tedious ex-Liverpool biggots and he will be denying we have anyone of value at the club.

    Get a real footy job, Al, and stop becoming everything you used to despise. We might even offer you a job at some point if you have enough experience by then.

  • Toytowntoonfan

    Jun 14, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Looked up Jonas stats – not exactly mindblowing eh? Last season: 37 starts; 4 goals; 7 assists (not bad – but the chmpionship after all); premier league – 30 apps (7 as sub) – 0 goals and 4 assists (admittedly in a God awful team!); then 3 seasons for Mallorca – 30 games, 0 goals, 5 assists; 37 games, 3 goals, 3 assists. 30 games, 2 goals and no assists – just not good enough for me I’m afraid.

  • Toytowntoonfan

    Jun 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #13

    And before that 97 games in argentina and one goal – oh dear!

  • Thump

    Jun 14, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #14

    @Toytowntoonfan: What about the attacking runs he’s started? The creativity he’s injected from the left wing? Those are all just as important (if not more important) than goals and assists.

  • Toytowntoonfan

    Jun 14, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #15

    so…he’s the guy who…erm…assists the assists? Come on! Describe creativity then – as he’s not created many goals.
    What about the attacking moves he’s finished?
    Find me the dribbles stats and I may be converted if high percentage of successes, and if high % of cross and pass completion, in case he keeps making them but our strikers keep missing them – go on then…

  • costello91

    Jun 14, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    he’s useless!!! learn how to pass and he might have a case for the first team. he’s muck and always has been. wow he can run by a bunch of 2nd tier players. even i could do that. sell him now before he gets another roasting in the next match

  • StuW

    Jun 14, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #17

    I can;t see CH selling one of our best players, jonas is happy at newcastle, evident in the fact he stuck around last season when others moved on. He and also Coloccini should be good in the EPL, as they have both adapted to the English style and pace of the game, which is hugely different to Spain.

  • Sav

    Jun 15, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Gives away the ball too much, falls over too often, can’t cross. However, I wouldn’t hold out hopes that Athletico were going to double our money or anything like that for Hughton to invest. Our record of dealing with Spanish clubs usually sees us getting the short end.


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