I took some considerable heat from readers, when I suggested recently that bringing in Vernun Anita from Ajax, could mean that Cheick Tiote would be sold, whether he liked it or not.
Cheick Tiote – in action at Swansea
But news today from the top Ivory Coast international, that he is extremely happy at Newcastle, he likes life at Newcastle, he likes the people at Newcastle, and has no intentions whatsoever of leaving the Tyneside club.
Is that clear enough?
Cheick makes that abundantly clear as he talked to the Shields Gazette today:
“My future is at Newcastle United.” “I like living in Newcastle, very much.” “It is a very simple life for me.” “I am at home with my family and I can just chill some days for the whole day.”
“But when I want to go out and do some stuff, I can do that as well.” “People here are more friendly than aggressive, so life is all right for me here – it’s about the team here.”
Chelsea have been admirers of the 25 year-old ever since he arrived at Newcastle two years ago from FC Twente for just £3.5M, as one of Chief Scout Graham Carr’s very first signing for his home town club.
The figure that has been touted around as the price Newcastle will let Tiote go for – is £20M – but it would appear that Cheick is again saying, just in case the communication didn’t get through last time, that he really likes the simple life he has at Newcastle.
And of course he has said before, and that a place like London is just not for him.
The 25 year-old seems to be making that point once again, as a communication to the powers that be at Newcastle, that he has not intentions at all of leaving the Magpies.
And Cheick still has a full five years on his contract at Newcastle, and it looks like he has every intention of seeing out those five years on Tyneside.
Sounds good to us.
What do you think?