It’s fair to say that as soon as Cheick Tiote was signed by Newcastle last summer, from FC Twente, the Newcastle fans immediately took to the Ivory Coast International.
Cheick Tiote – after scoring that amazing goal against Arsenal
And then in January when we lost Andy Carroll to Liverpool, we heard that Chelsea had put in a sizable bid for Cheick on January 31st, but the lad said he didn’t want to leave Newcastle, and was happy on Tyneside.
A short time later he was awarded with a huge six year deal by Newcastle, and then that goal he scored in the last minute in the amazing comeback against Arsenal in February – will never be forgotten.
Cheick is upbeat about the new season and he told the local Newcastle press today:
“It is only the journalists who have talked about Chelsea – I haven’t said anything.” “I am a Newcastle player, and I will do my job in Newcastle.”
“I have a contract, and that’s the most important thing for me.” “I’m happy, if I wasn’t happy I wouldn’t have signed for six years.”
“We’re starting the new season, and we have to work hard to be fit for the first game.” “It’s good to be back after six weeks, and now it’s time to work. That’s what the team are doing.”
“This season we need to be better than last season, and also we need to train well.” “We’re going to America to work hard and be ready for this season.
“I need to play get my condition back, this is the most important thing.” “If you don’t play, you can’t get in good condition, so I’m looking forward to playing in America.”
“We’re an English club, and everyone needs to speak the language.” “It will be better for the manager and the other players.”
“The players were happy to sign here, and I think they will do well this season for the club.”
There are reports today that Chelsea are readying a massive bid for Cheick, but the only reason we think Tiote to Chelsea has been regurgitated by the gossip press, is because Michael Essien is out for at least six months.
We don’t think Cheick is going anywhere, we hope Cheick is not going anywhere.