New signing Sylvain Marveaux, has given a very interesting interview with the Evening Chronicle today.
Sylvain Marveaux – contract issues at Liverpool
The 25 year-old is obviously delighted to sing ion at Newcastle, and he has talked about always wanting to play in England’s Premier League, which is very popular in France.
And later in the interview he says it wasn’t the medical that he had the problem with Liverpool, but when they wanted to change his contract.
Sylvain talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“They’ve had players like David Ginola and Laurent Robert in the past who have been very popular – and of course legends like Alan Shearer playing here.”“
It is impossible for them not to court publicity because of the vast size of the club.” “I have always enjoyed watching the Premier League from a very young age, it is very captivating. I still watch it now.”
“In France they show the Premier League all of the time at a weekend so I already know quite a lot about the teams and what to expect.”
“I know the players very well because of that and I am glad to be here to play against some big-name players.”
Sylvain had a torrid time of it less than a couple of weeks ago, when it was expected he would sign at Liverpool, when things seemed to come to a grinding halt, with Liverpool reported to be unsure about the Frenchman’s medical, and especially if his groin had healed fully.
But Sylvain has played down suggestions that it was anything to do with the medical, and he said Liverpool wanted to change things in his contract, which is what he wasn’t too happy about, and brought about the delay.
Sylvain talked about what must have been a very uncomfortable time for him at Liverpool:
“It was a rough day when I signed but I am very, very happy to be here.” “Newcastle came to me six months ago – and they always told me how much they wanted me. I appreciated that.”
“When I came here I got a wonderful welcome and everybody here was happy to see me sign here.” “I was in contact with Liverpool too. I was really close to signing for them. The story about the medical is not true, only a rumor.”
“What happened was there were some changes in the contract from the first time we had a discussion.” “I decided to come here. It won’t be a grudge match when we play Liverpool – it’s not revenge or anything.”
“If anything I am just looking forward to making my Premier League debut when we play Arsenal.” “I’ve known for over a year that I was going to be available on a free transfer.”
“I also knew I would be leaving France and during these past 12 months I really wanted to play in England. People have told me the style is different, but all I want to do is enjoy my football.”
Whatever happened at Liverpool it was a tremendous coup for Newcastle, and they signed the Frenchman at around 2:00 am that early Saturday morning, and it shows that Newcastle can move very quickly indeed, when they have to.
And this transfer market is proving as exciting we could have expected and there;s still over two months to go.