The Montpellier coach Rolland Courbis has been quoted in France, and has basically rubbished the Newcastle United club, and why he has done that – we have no idea.
Remy Cabella – to sign for Newcastle?
It would appear that Newcastle are closing in on a deal for their top midfielder 23 year-old Remy Cabella, and his father yesterday said he would be moving to Newcastle in January, and maybe that’s what has upset the manager..
And Montpellier had a very good 2-0 win at Sochaux yesterday in which Cabella played for most of the game, and they secured a valuable 3 points for a side fighting against relegation this season, after winning the French Championship for the first time a couple of years ago.
The news yesterday was that Newcastle had asked that Remy not play in that game, but it seems Montpellier ignored the Newcastle request.
This is what manager Courbis said after their win yesterday about Newcastle:
“They are not a big club.” “And I hope another club tries to buy him.” “As a player I would not even want to spend a week there Newcastle.”
And remember when we signed their captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in January, their President Louis Nicollin was just as disrespectful to Newcastle as he said this in L’Equipe:
“He chose Newcastle? If so, he is an ass.” “It is not my fault but I think the manager Alan Pardew played a role. Newcastle, this is really not a good choice. They will transfer him the next year.”
“It doesn’t bother me. We’re not going to cry. He is not irreplaceable. The important thing is that we get money.”
So it’s safe to say that the President and manager don’t think too much of Newcastle.
But why they would lack class and criticize Newcastle United in public like that – we have no idea – but it’s hardly professional, and certainly doesn’t reflect well on Montpellier FC.
Louis Nicollin – Montpellier President
But since all they seem to want is the money, Newcastle may still be able to close the deal for their French U21 midfielder, but maybe the words from Rolland Courbis are a clarion call for Manchester United or some other “big” club to move in quickly for their player.
Manchester United are one of the other clubs said to be interested in the play-maker.
And given the animosity the club leaders seem to show towards Newcastle, it’s a wonder we can get any business done with them.
What do you think?
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