Joey Barton has given a controversial interview today, with the French magazine So Foot.
Get these two Liverpudlians signed up – and be quick about it!
Joey talks about things at Newcastle, and that he was upset by Andy Carroll’s £35M transfer to Liverpool in January, and even though the club have told him it was a “one off”, Joey is not so sure.
This is what the 28 year-old told the French magazine:
“I told them the goal shouldn’t be just to survive, to finish 16th or 17th, every season.” “We had a good player, Carroll, and we sold him. I told the management that I was worried.”
“I was scared this might happen every year, but they assured me they don’t want to go down that road. I don’t know if I believe them.” “I told them I might stay this summer because we have some good players and money to spend.”
“But I’m going to wait and see if players like Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tioté and Jose Enrique stay.” ‘If Nolan signs a new deal, I will as well. But I hope the club step things up.”
“I want to be ambitious and I think the club share that desire.”
There’s been talk recently about Alan Pardew trying to get captain Kevin Nolan to pen a new long-term deal at Newcastle, to keep him on Tyneside, over say the next 5 years, until he’s 33 years old.
And it seems that’s all it will take for Joey Barton to also sign along the dotted line, which just has to be good news.
It would have been a little more difficult if the player had been Jose Enrique instead of Kevin, because it’s much less clear if the Spaniard will stay this summer, but we hope he does.
But Kevin Nolan waxes lyrical all the time about everything Newcastle, and he has great leadership qualities too.
So it seems he will almost certainly sign along the dotted line, especially if it means offering some assurances to other top players to stay at the club.
Kevin Nolan was born to play for a team like Newcastle United, and he could be a key in getting Joey to sign too, but Newcastle must offer him a top contract.
But it seems the club did that with Cheick Tiote, who got a massive six and a half year deal at £50K/week to stay on Tyneside, after Chelsea had come after the Ivory Coast International in late January.
This has to be some good news for Newcastle fans today.