Newcastle Target Not Interested In Coming To Tyneside


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?

Comments welcome.



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30 comments so far

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #1

    He is arfraid of Tiote.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #2

    i want to see some bid accepted for our targets.. Can’t wait to see who is coming in soon 🙂

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #3

    P.s he is too weak for English footy IMO.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #4

    26 yrs old, bargain basement – injury prone, underachiever.
    Would you move from Barca to the Toon if you thought you could still make a name there ?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #5

    unless you were Shearer

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Rubbish, that was said about Pirlo years ago, and i’m sure he would have been just fine! Same was said about Modric. How about Silva? Nasri anyone? And Cabaye isnt exactly big is he?

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #7

    cabaye is beast, he would kill the Iron Man on the pitch if needed.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #8

    a beast.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Doubt we were really ever injured as he’s so injury prone & got ridiculous wages and maybe a bit too old as well. Think though that a deal for Luc Castaignos could most definitely be acheivable as he fits the profile we need to back up/compete with Ba & Cissé also in a similar situation to Santon so won’t be too pricey & significantly cheaper than Luuk de Jong but potentially a better player.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #10

    *interested

    not injured, stupid auto change on iPhones

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Let’s just wait and see. Am getting bored with being linked with so many off the wall players. Might do a Ruddy… bonsoir messieurs

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  • Dre4mbo4t

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #12

    He’s meant to be a right bellend anyway so not to fussy about him, besides he’s just a shit version of wor benny

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Dont need him

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  • miggy

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #14

    hes not interested in coming to toon so we dont want im w only want players that want to don the black n white shirt n play for our club so i hope this the last i hear of him

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  • yorkshireToon

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Slight sensationalism again from ed here he’s only said he wants to prove his worth to barcelona (who wouldn’t) and people are starting slagging him off!

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  • SBergenwall

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Too bad, he looked like the only good player in the Holland team at the Euros..

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  • hotdog

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Here’s a question. Did anybody on here mention cisse before he signed? Hands up please?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #18

    He’s not injury prone AT ALL..!!! get your facts right before you start saying that about the lad

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  • hotdog

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Here is a question. Did anybody mention cisse on this blog before he signed? Hands up please?

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #20

    I do spilling mistokes in porpoise two pratend eye hav an I phan.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #21

    People moan about this prodictive txt on the iphone ha why not turn it off? I hate the thing me so i just turned that and auto spell correct thing off

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #22

    He looks poor anyway. Not good enough.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Meh. He’s past sell by date and the packaging is damaged. I don’t actually know how to work out by what snake-like path we were linked with this bloke.

    BTW I don’t have a namby-pamby fancy dan Ayyyyye -Feerrrrrrn as it’s too girly. I have a BB which doesn’t do anything but it does it really well. I just keep changing the ribbon and it works fine. That’s why I use a laptop.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 24, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Pity good player, anyway enjoy the bench and physio so!! :/

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  • t00ntime

    Jun 24, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #25

    The people saying his bad etc, have never seen him play week in week out… 9 times out of 10 this kid is great, i think he would improve most teams!

    And he isnt a bad influence, he is like benny as in too enthusiastic, when someone doesnt do there best he gets angry at them.

    Tbf we were never going to get him, he is the right age but he has no reason to leave barca atm as just before his injury he had started to become a starter.

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  • ende

    Jun 24, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Dont want

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  • ashwin say's

    Jun 24, 2012 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #27

    june were for euro
    let july come with fold up sleeves to start the real transfer season

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  • ashwin say's

    Jun 24, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #28

    june were for euro
    let july come to start the real transfer season

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 24, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Anyone else think we shud try n do deals for John gudetti n luc castaignos instead of de Jong
    Also it’s Sunday so many of are starting 11 will b sold by southern journos today am goin for 7

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  • dazzrah

    Jun 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #30

    from what i’ve seen of this guy in the euros he don’t look like a toon player to me

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