One thing we have to realize when we see statements from 70 year-old Montpellier President Lou Nichollin is that, for whatever reason, he just hates Newcastle United.
Lou Nichollin – Newcastle not his favorite club
This is what Lou Nicollin said almost fourteen months ago in L’Equipe, after Yanga-Mbiwa signed for Newcastle:.
“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 we wanted to put that in context, before we report what the 70 year-old Montpellier President has said about where his star midfielder Remy Cabella should go in the summer:
“We have promised to let him leave but we will try and advise him to not just leave for anywhere. Is Newcastle a good destination?”
“Don’t make me laugh. In England you have to go to Chelsea, Arsenal or the two Manchester teams.” “If Newcastle offer twenty million Euros and Arsenal five million,”
“I don’t think I would sell him. I’m capable of doing this; I wouldn’t prevent him, but I don’t think he is made for that club. “
“Would I advise him against joining Newcastle United? Definitely, as for Arsenal – why not.”
So it’s simply more of the same from Nichollin – and it doesn’t surprise us too much.
€20M is around £16.4M and Newcastle will not pay that for Remy Cabella, and certainly Arsenal wouldn’t.
But at around £12M, we hope Newcastle would be willing to make a deal.
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