Supposed Newcastle prospect Blaise Matuidi says he is flattered by the interest he has been receiving from other clubs.
Blaise Matuidi – Newcastle are one of the big clubs
The St Etienne club say that Newcastle have not contacted them at all, about their 24 year-old defensive midfielder, but it seems that Newcastle are ready to push ahead and try to capture the Frenchman.
Matuidi is also attracting attention from PSG, Lyon and Roma, but it seems he would love to move to England, and says today that Newcastle are one of England’s big clubs:
“I am flattered by the interest from clubs abroad, and I have always loved the Premier League,”
“It is the best league in the world, so exciting, and I really want to be part of that one day, however St Etienne has its say about that.”
“Newcastle are one of the big clubs in England but, like I said, it is all rumors at the moment, but you never know.”
The St Etienne club have also released a statement, which is based on all the Newcastle rumors, and this is the statement:
“To date ASSE [St Etienne] has had no contact with the English club Newcastle.
“The club’s management will observe the utmost discretion in the transfer market, and confidentiality is one of those rules for success in this area,”
It’s good to know that Newcastle are still regarded, at least in France, as a big club, and we sometimes forget just how well Newcastle United are known around the world.
The release clause for Matuidi though seems huge, and is set at €15M, which is composed of €13M in cash with €2M in potential add-ons for suture performance.
€15M is around about £13.2 in today’s exchange rate of 0.8818.
There’s just no way Newcastle would pay that kind of money for Blaise, but they may be able to get a good deal done, which – to their credit – they’ve been quite good at over the last couple of years.
And of course money should be in ample supply at Newcastle this summer since the club got a reported £4.5M for Kevin Nolan, and have both Joey Barton and Leon Best currently on offer, at around £4M each.
And the French International would seem to be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, and he also has good leadership abilities.
The Toulouse-born midfielder is of Angolan descent, and here’s a YouTube video of the player courtesy of reader Jimmy Waff.