There’s some rather interesting and surprising news coming from Swansea City this afternoon.
Neil Taylor – close to new deal at Swansea?
The Swansea manager Brendan Rogers has said that Newcastle target Neil Taylor was close to signing a new deal at the Liberty Stadium.
That would be really surprising after Newcastle had offered Neil a five year deal on good terms, and we thought he was keen to come to Tyneside.
Huw Jenkins, the Swansea Chairman said earlier today that he thought the Taylor affair would be sorted out by early next week, and he didn’t think Neil’s case would be going to an arbitration panel.
We assumed that meant Neil would be signing for Newcastle for that £1M release clause amount.
This is what manager Rogers said today:
“There’s absolutely no question, he’s very, very close to a new deal. “There’s been a lot of stuff written about Neil and I felt really, really sorry for him.”
“Of course the interest from a club of the status of Newcastle United… and of course the wages also… I can understand maybe a young player having his head turned towards that.”
“None of it has come from him and we’ve had lots of conversations over the ‘phone, because we were in various parts of the world, over the course of the summer.”
“He always made it clear that this is where he wanted to be and eventually him and I had a good face-to-face conversation last week.”
It’s an easy decision for Newcastle, because if Neil doesn’t want to come to Newcastle – so be it – and he should stay at Swansea, where at least he’ll get some first team games next season.
At Newcastle he was brought in to back up the first choice left-back – whoever that turns out to be – with Jose Enrique still likely to leave this summer.
Newcastle hoped Taylor would continue to improve, and challenge for a first team place, and he made huge improvements last season after signing from Wrexham last summer.
But we only want players at Newcastle who want to come to Tyneside, and be proud to wear that famous balck and white shirt.
If they don’t want to come they shouldn’t, and Newcastle shouldn’t try to persude them too much either.
And we’re sure Newcastle will do just that, and let this episode die a death.