Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has today laughed off the news that Newcastle wanted to sell him next month for a ridiculously low fee of £1.5M.
Joey Barton – we want this player to stay at Newcastle
The news was direct from Sky Sports, and we are just pleased that the reaction to that story is laughable, because there’s just no way we want to Joey to leave.
We have to admit to being a little concerned when we saw the story, because Sky Sports News is usually quite fair with their reporting, but it looks like it’s simply untrue.
In fact we want the Newcastle club to start negotiating a new long term deal for the Liverpudlian – whoops I meant to say Evertonian. Sorry Joey – honest.
The 28-year-old will be out of contract a year come June, and if he stays unsigned too much longer, than a number of clubs will want to sign him – there’s no doubt about that.
And apart from his recent daftness with Morten Pedersen, he has managed to corral his on-field and off-field bad behavior – to his credit.
And Joey has said more than once he wants to stay at Newcastle for the rest of his career, and given how well he’s managed to control his demons, since he served time in jail over two years ago, we hope he stays on Tyneside.
Joey talked to BBC Radio 5 Live today about the Sky Sports nonsense (thank goodness):
“I was actually laughing about it this morning, saying that I thought £1.5M was a little bit cheap and if I was them, I would ask for more, and we had a good giggle about it.”
“People write what they write, it is silly season. I have always gone on record about the affinity I have got with the fans at this football club, and the football club and my fellow players.”
“I have been on record as saying I want to stay here for the rest of my career.” “Nothing has happened and no-one has told me otherwise, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s what’s going to happen.”
It seems that Alan Pardew has quickly bought into the Newcastle team spirit, and obviously wants to maintain it and is desperate to keep the two top local lads, Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor to stay with him.
It also seems that Joey also wants to keep everybody who’s currently at the club.
“I don’t want anyone to go. I’m quite happy with the squad.” “Maybe I would like to add an additional couple of players to push the team and just strengthen us as a group.”
“But the starting XI is a strong starting XI and it would be difficult to find somebody to go in there at this time.”
“I don’t want to upset the balance they have and the spirit they have, so I’m doing my utmost to make sure the players we do have here want to play for Newcastle.”
The best thing Newcastle have had going for them in the last 18 months is the Newcastle team spirit, and if we can maintain that – we have every chance of keeping up and even doing quite well this season – and that would be fantastic.
Howay The Lads!!