News tonight that Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay is not interested in a move to Newcastle United this summer.
Ibrahim Afellay – Dutch winger wants to stay at Barcelona
In fact the news is that Ibrahim, who played for Holland at the Euro 2012 tournament and looked good, is not interested in leaving Barcelona at all, and would prefer to stay with the Spanish club next season.
Arsenal and of course Liverpool were also reported interested in the winger, but Newcastle were thought to be in the lead for the Dutch International, at least according to reports in late May.
Ibrahim has told the Spanish media the following:
“I can’t wait for the new season to begin, so I can get back on the pitch, and prove my worth for Barcelona.”
The initial reports in late may were coming out of Spain, and suggested that new Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova, who has taken over from Pep Guardiola, was less than keen the player, who has suffered a lot of injuries in his career, and the report was that he was available for £6M.
Barcelona will soon meet with the player and we suppose there’s still a chance he will be sold for a bargain price £6M.
The 26 year-old Dutch International is of Moroccan descent and played eight seasons at Ajax before joining Barcelona back in January of 2011, but he then sustained a horrific knee injury, and missed much of last season, only appearing five times for the Spanish club.
In his first partial season at Barcelona, he played 16 times with one goal for the club, and while at Ajax, Afellay played 217 times with 38 goals and is an excellent player.
He has represented his country 41 times with five goals, and played for Holland at the Euro 2012 Championships, when they surprisingly lost all three of their group games.
Ibrahim is a regular in the Dutch national team, and he also made the Dutch squads for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament in Switzerland and Austria, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, when Holland were beaten 1-0 in extra time by Spain in the final.
The play-maker however has a history of injuries throughout his career, and Barcelona only paid £2.3M for him 18 months ago from Ajax, so they would be making a profit on the player if they sell him this summer for £6M.
We’ll have to await the outcome of the meeting between the player and his club, as to what the next step may be for Newcastle.
What do you think?