Whatever you think of the playing ability of Cheick Tiote, the Ivory Coast International seems a terrific person, and he tells the truth – he tells it as it is – and that’s good for him.
Cheick Tiote – in action for Newcastle
Cheick Tiote had a so-so season last term, although he did show some semblance of how well he can play late in the season,and he has been interviewed in the Evening Chronicle today, and admits that things are great at Newcastle when all is going well, but when the tough times come – as they did last season – you get criticized – but that’s football and that’s Newcastle.
This is what Cheick told the Chronicle today:
“I will be a Newcastle player next season. I want to play here for many years to come. I have a contract here and I am looking forward already to next season.”
“When you do well, you are the best manager and the best players.” “When the team struggles, you are criticized. That’s football.” “The manager and the players understand this. We have to believe in him and stay together.”
“I think he is a very good manager, and I think next season will be different.” “I have a good opportunity next season – and I will prepare for that after the two international games.”
“The most important thing is to start next season well. Hopefully, it will be a good season.” “I think we can again challenge for Europe. I think it will be different to this season. It was really difficult for us.”
“We didn’t have a massive squad, and we played in Europe as well as the Premier League.” “I think next season is going to be much better.” “I’m just thinking about being ready for next season.”
Tiote will get an extra week off for playing for the Ivory Coast in World Cup qualifying games, so he will report back on Thursday, July 11th with Newcastle’s other players who have been playing for their country this summer.
Rich Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow have been reported interested in the 37 times capped Ivory Coast International, but it will take a big fee for Newcastle to let Cheick go this summer.
For the record Tiote has played for Newcastle 83 times with one great goal against Arsenal, just over two years ago, and he still has another four years left on his contract.
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