Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted that Cheick was unsettled at Newcastle over the summer.
Cheick Tiote – was unsettled over the summer
But Newcastle will try to get Tiote tied down to a long term contract, which the club did initially in January of 2011, six months after he arrived when they gave him six and a half year deal,
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Cheick:
“”I think, probably, towards the back end of the season we’ll have to start talking to his representatives.” “We obviously had a team fighting for his services, but the finance was never really in place, but Cheick was unsettled by it for a period.”
“I think the reality was that we were quite comfortable that he wasn’t going to go anywhere.” “And I think his contract situation needs to be resolved at the end of the season, for sure.”
“I love him. He’s everything that you want in a Newcastle player. “He has the quality, and of course you’ll never under-estimate the fact that he wants to win.”
“That’s something we have to be very careful about on training days!” “But trust me, he’s not similar to me. I just love that he’s a winner. It can overcome so many obstacles as a footballer.”
“I think young players here need to take a big leaf out of his book in terms of how he approaches training and games.” “Sometimes it can overspill into bookings and sending offs.
“But you can never fault him for wanting to win.”
Tiote was linked with a club in Russia over the summer, but Arsenal were also said to be keen on him, to give them some bite in midfield, which they don’t have this season.
Then the Ivorian was injured at Sheffield Wednesday, so maybe that had something to do with Cheick not leaving.
But it seems that Newcastle are having trouble keeping their best players these days – and that’s not good.
Already this year we have lost Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, and we couldn’t get Loic Remy to make his loan deal a permanent one over the summer.
Cheick will be in the starting line-up tomorrow night at the Britannia Stadium, and we need to win that game against Stoke.
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