There was news yesterday in the Sunday papers that Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote turned down a chance to move to Chelsea last month.
Cheick Tiote – yes !!!!!!!!! – now catch me if you can!
So the fact that Cheick signed a massive new deal at Newcastle to keep him on Tyneside through the summer of 2017 is even better news than we first thought, and it seems it was even like a reward for wanting to stay at the club long term.
It seems that Tiote snubbed a move to Chelsea on January 31st to stay on Tyneside, so there wasn’t only the Andy Carroll deal going on during that final day of the transfer window.
And it now makes a lot more sense why Alan Pardew said on Friday that Andy and Cheick were different – and that Cheick was the one who wanted to stay on Tyneside.
Seems more and more like Andy didn’t, and took the money and left.
Cheick said yesterday he had settled down well at Newcastle, and had been made very welcome at the club by both players and fans, and that he just wanted to stay on Tyneside.
This is what Cheick said yesterday:
“If you come to a new club in a new country it is important there is a good atmosphere at the club.” “As soon as I arrived here the players made me welcome. They helped me settle in and meant I could do a good job on the pitch.”
“Newcastle life is good for me. It is not like London – London is too busy, there are too many people.” “Newcastle is not so busy. That makes it easier to focus on your job. For me it is important. I would like to be here for a few years. I can learn here.”
“I feel settled here. I enjoy it here. The fans are good and the new manager likes me. The club has looked after me and I do my best for the team and the fans.” “I made sacrifices to be a player,” “I had to leave my family, my six brothers and three sisters. It was so difficult.”
“Now I have a better life and I am happy for that but I had to be focused.” “In Africa the young boys want to go out all the time, they want to do something different.” “But for me the being different was to make it as a professional. To do that I had to leave that life.”
“Going back would have been like saying, ‘I lose’. I don’t do losing. I want to win every challenge, every tackle, anything.” “When I was little my dad told me, ‘If you want to have something in your life, you have to work hard’.
“My dad is dead now but I think he would be proud of me.”
Those are great words from Cheick and it’s not hard to understand why he’s so loved on Tyneside, and this statement and the fact he turned down Chelsea will only make him even more popular on Tyneside.
Seems like Cheick has something not seen in many footballers these days – loyalty.
There’s just a couple more points to make – one is that it seems Newcastle must have accepted a deal from Chelsea, so were willing to let Tiote go, and it would be interesting to know how much Chelsea offered for the Ivory Coast International.
And the other point is that it’s now very unlikely that Chelsea will be back in the summer, after Cheick has already turned them down.
This is the type of lad we want on Tyneside – he wants to be here! 😀