Souchaux coach Mecha Bazderevix has openly criticized and punished Modibo Maiga for expressing his great desire to become a Newcastle United player.
Modibo Maiga – chances of signing him are receding
Of course he also refused to play against Caen last weekend, and has now been left out of the squad for the Europa League match at Metalist Kharkiv, on Thursday evening.
Modibo has been annoyed that Souchaux will not even consider Newcastle’s offer for him, and he has made it clear to anybody who would listen, that he sees his future at Newcastle.
This is Souchaux coach Mecha Bazdarevic said today:
“I met him Maiga on Monday and I said I understood, I know that a player cannot be quiet when other clubs are after him.”
“He has the right to expect, but also duties in relation to the club. He has the duty to work for others and for the club. Souchaux has a history, a tradition, the club is above us all.”
“Modi knows he made a mistake, but I have decided to punish him by sending him to train with the reserve team.”
“He remained there until Friday, will not go with us in Ukraine, and then we will take stock. I hope that by Friday, it will be ready to rejoin the group.”
The 23-year-old was quoted by French newspaper L’Equipe earlier in the week as saying:
“I want it to be done with Newcastle.” “I met everybody, they want me and it is not any club. England is a dream.”
“I want to leave, it is necessary that the Souchaux president agrees to negotiate. I want to go.”
‘I don’t want to fall out with Souchaux.” “But the president has to discuss my transfer.”
The Souchaux President Alexandre Lacombe, however, has already told told BBC Sport that he will not sell Maiga to the Newcastle club.
And Lacombe also made it clear back in June, when several big clubs were interested in Maiga, that he would not sell his star player.
An this looks very like the case of Neil Taylor a few months ago, when he was also desperate to join Newcastle, but Swansea City would simply not sell him, and finally they signed him up on a new improved contract at the Welsh club.
It seems the chances of getting Maiga are receding and the same may happen with Maiga as happened with Neil Taylor, and we shall know soon enough.