Danny Simpson is still at Newcastle after the transfer window closed last night, and that’s a bit of a surprise, since Alan Pardew had said earlier this year that if he didn’t sign his new contract on Tyneside, he would be moved out in the summer.
Danny Simpson – still here after all these years
Newcastle could have got around £2M for Simpson if we had sold him this summer, and we could have done that if we had brought in French International right back Mathieu Debuchy, who’s a better player.
But we seemed to haggle over around €1M with Lille on Debuchy’s transfer fee, and we just don’t understand why Newcastle did that, because we’ve lost more money by not bringing the Frenchman in – since it looks like we could lose Simpson next summer and get nothing for him.
This is what Danny said today when interviewed in the Newcastle Journal, and it’s good he’s still talking about signing a new deal at Newcastle, which would solve everything:
“I’m still here, just call me the great survivor.” “Personally, I never doubted I’d be here after the deadline despite everything that was being said.” “I’ve always said I’m happy here and I’ve got one year left on my contract, why would I want to leave a team that finished fifth last season and is now in the Europa League?”
“When you look at all the players we’ve got I’m hoping for another great season here. I haven’t let the uncertainty unsettle me, it’s just the type of person I am, I just get on with it and give 100%.” “I knew I’d still be here because I get on well with all the lads and the manager.” “I spoke to the manager and I get on well with him.”
“I knew he was trying to get other players in but that’s good for the team. We want a bigger squad as players, we want to progress in every competition and you need strength in depth.” “I never once let the Debuchy chase affect me, even though I knew players might come in. I enjoy training, I enjoy playing and I enjoy being at Newcastle. I’m happy here. I’ve said it and I’ll say it again.”
“I don’t know if the fans think otherwise but I want to sign a new contract. At the moment, things between the club and me have stalled, but there’s still a year left to work it out. The main thing is that this window is now shutting and I can concentrate on these matches.”
“We want to win to get six points and a place in the Europa League, which would be a very satisfying start to the season. We want SJP to be a tough place to come and we’ve already won our first two games here, so let’s make it three out of three. They’ve had two poor results, but they will come up here hungry and desperate for points. But we know when we’re at home with those fans, we’re tough to beat.”
“I know fans have their own opinion of me but that’s part of football,” “The main thing is that I’m here, I get on well with the lads, they want me to stay and the manager’s happy for me to be here. I’ve never seen it as a problem and I’ve now got a lot to look forward to, some big nights in Europe and I’m glad we got through on Thursday, that was the main thing.”
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle now open up new contract talks with Danny boy, but he’s already held out for more than a year on his new contract, and if he hasn’t signed one by January, other clubs can come in for him, and he can agree a new deal at that time.
And since he will cost them nothing, he can negotiate an attractive compensation package for himself.
We’re surprised Danny is still here and that Mathieu Debuchy did not arrive this summer.
What do you think?
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