Montpellier President Laurent Nicollin is certainly no friend of Newcastle United, and he was the one who said that his captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had made a terrible choice when he joined Newcastle last January.
Remy Cabella – Montpellier midfielder targeted by Magpies
And the fact that out top target this January is Montpellier’s midfielder Remy Cabella may be some resistance from he Montpellier President.
This is what Nicollin said in L’Equipe last January after Mapou joined Newcastle:
“If he’s an ass, it’s not my fault, but I think his manager has a lot to do with it. Newcastle really isn’t a good choice.”
“He’ll get himself moved on next year, but it doesn’t bother me. He agreed with my son Laurent, that he could leave if he found a club he liked. We’re not going to cry.”
” His head was no longer at Montpellier, but it’s not a problem. He’s not irreplaceable. The important thing is that we get some money in.”
Thee have been reports in France that the deal for Remy Cabella may have already been completed – but it seems those reports are off the mark.
70 year-old Montpellier President Laurent Nicollin
This is the latest pronouncement from the Montpellier President on the Newcastle target, and he reckons there has been no contact with Newcastle – which seems odd:
“He is at the club so far. It has not been forecasted that he would leave in January.” “There has been talk about a departure in June, there is an agreement in principle.”
“Agents have called me, but I am on holiday. We will see, on Monday. Anyway, there is absolutely no contact with the Newcastle club.”
“Remy is at the club and I hope he will remain until June. Of course, there are some offers you cannot refuse.”
Presumably that agreement in principle with some club is not with Newcastle.
Cabella is a very talented player and has scored six goals in 18 appearances for Montpellier this season, and those are goals from midfield for a side that has been struggling this season, after winning the French League for the very first time the season before last.
Cabella would be a very good signing for Newcastle, and certainly Montpellier need the money – just like they did last January when we signed Yanga=Mbiwa.
What do you think?
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