There is a piece of really good news for Newcastle fans this morning, that Newcastle United have confirmed on their web-site, that midfielder Cheick Tiote has signed a new six-and-a-half year contract with the club.
Cheick Tiote with manager Pardew – signs to stay until summer of 2017
This is great news for fans, and the deal is said to be worth around £50K/week to the Ivory Coast International.
Tiote only joined the club last summer, but is already in Geordie folklore for scoring one of the greatest goals seen at St. James’ Park, when he equalized in that very famous comeback against Arsenal a few weeks back.
The video clip of that goal will be famous for years and years to come!
We didn’t even know Newcastle were in negotiations with the player on a new contract, as we all know there has been a hitch in the negotiations with Joey Barton, but maybe this can provide the momentum for our other good players – like Joey and Jose – to sign on and stay on Tyneside.
We certainly hope so.
Tiote said today:
“I am very happy today to have signed this new deal with Newcastle United.”
“The experience of playing in the Premier League has been better than I ever hoped it could be.”
“This is a great club and the fans have been brilliant – I have never known support like it.”
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew added:
“Cheick has been immense for us this season and is exactly the type of player I want in my squad. He is fantastic on the pitch and in the changing room and is vital for everything we want to achieve.”
“Cheick offers us strength and presence in midfield and has proved himself to be one of the best in his position in the Premier League.”
“He’s adapted brilliantly to the English game and I’m delighted he’s signed a new deal with us today.”
Really good words from the manager there.
Tiote was a great signing for Newcastle last summer for a meager £3.5M from FC Twente, and we wouldn’t mind seeing some similar signings this summer.
Cheick has played magnificently for Newcastle, and of course Chelsea are already big admirers.
But having tied down the 24 year-old to a long term deal on Tyneside, it will now take a massive bid from Chelsea to dislodge the very popular player from Newcastle.
That could still happen in the summer, as we saw with Andy Carroll, but the chances of that happening are now reduced, and Cheick seems to be made to play for Newcastle and loves it on Tyneside.
For the record Tiote has played 21 times for Newcastle this season with that very special goal.
This is wonderful news for Cheick, the Newcastle club and the Newcastle fans everywhere, and maybe he can even now bring his family to Newcastle from the troubled Ivory Coast.
We hope that is possible, as we know he sends money back to his brothers and sisters there, which is only one reason he is so loved on Tyneside.