Clement Grenier’s agent Frederic Guerra has come out and explained why his client will be staying with the French club at least through the end of the season.
Clement Grenier – not coming in January
We had reported earlier yesterday on the fact the deal was dead and that Grenier had decided not to join Newcastle this month.
This is what Frederic Guerra told the sport website le10sport:
“It’s not easy to say no to a big club like Newcastle, but with Clément we have finally decided to stay at Lyon.”
“Six months out from the World Cup, is a hasty departure just days before the end of the transfer market a good option? It’s not a certainty. Lyon are starting to find their true colours and Clément didn’t want to leave the club during the season.”
“The conditions of his departure weren’t creating a favourable context for his development. Clément would be arriving at Newcastle not as Clément Grenier but as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye.”
“I have the greatest respect for the quality of player that Cabaye is, deserving of everything that is said about him. However, as Clément Grenier’s agent I am obliged to say: is Clément worth just half what Yohan Cabaye is?”
“Above all the reasons which have led us to decline the offer from Newcastle, the conditions of the deal didn’t seem fair to Clément.”
This has not been a good week for Newcastle, having sold their best player Yohan Cabaye, and now with less than a day to go in this January transfer window, we have not replaced him.
The best chance seems to be to bring in 22 year-old Serbian International Filip Duricic, whose agent has said he has been in talks with Alan Pardew this week,about Filip joining this month – that means today.
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