Newcastle Linked With German International Midfielder


The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle are tracking 24 year-old German International midfielder Karim Bellarabi of Bayer Leverkusen.

Karim Bellarabi

Karim Bellarabi – Beyer Leverkusen winger

Bellarabi was born in Berlin, West Germany, to a Moroccan father and a German mother and he grew up in Bremen and started his career at FC Oberneuland.

He moved to Eintracht Braunschweig in 2008 before moving to Leverkusen in 2011.

Newcastle were after Pierre Michelle Lassoga of Hertha Berlin in the summer, but he moved to Hamburg rather than join the Tyneside club – but it does seem Newcastle now have a decent scouting presence in Germany.

Bellarabi was injured for most of the 2012-2013 season and last season he was on a season long loan at Eintracht Braunschweig, but he has now returned to Leverkusen.

He has played 39 times for Leverkusen with 9 goals and 10 assists, and this season has four goals in 14 appearances for his club.

But some top clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are all keeping tabs on the player, and it could be difficult for Newcastle to attract him to Tyneside, since we don’t have any European football these days.

Newcastle are on the lookout for goal-scoring wingers – although with players like Rolando Aarons and Sammy Ameobi coming through and Obertan showing good form, it’s probably not a top priority these days.

And Remy Cabella seems to finally be getting to grips with the Premier League, and the Frenchman played well in his sub appearance, in the 1-0 win against Liverpool on Saturday.

Bellarabi has played youth international football for both the German U-20 and U-21 sides and he was called up by the senior squad last month, and he made his debut in the shock 2–0 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat in Poland where he played the full 90 minutes.

This lad is a good player, but we just wonder if he would ever leave Bayer Leverkusen for Newcastle and give up playing regular European football.

What do you think?

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7 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Nov 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Its about time we started to really look at the german market.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Lil

    Regarding the academy, we know MA is really keen on this and doesnt Wonga put a large proportion of their sponsorship money towards the academy each year?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 3, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Expat,
    That is what we were told, yes. I’m not sure what the percentages or sums are, but the wonga money is the main funder of the academy and supposedly has a large portion ring fenced for that purpose.

    I think the academy has made decent progress, but the system was still flawed up until the last few seasons when a change in attitude saw us trying to secure more loans for the youngsters. These are vital for them to continue their development, where as the club at one point, prior to Ashley, and in his early years were keen for players not to go on loan. Pardew seems to have helped change this around which is a big positive.

    I’d get as many as we can out on loan if they aren’t going to play in the first team, to help them learn and improve their game.

    Anyway, got to head off now, duty calls.

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  • sweendog

    Nov 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    top player exactly who we need

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  • stan anderson

    Nov 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    It does,nt take a lot does it,4 wins and we are going to win the league etc.
    Great to get those wins but we,ve had this before,false dawns.
    The fatman was laughing at how easy it is to get the fickle fans back on side,its more money in the bank for him,thats all.
    He will once again let us down bigtime,as usual.

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  • Papavasilou

    Nov 3, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Story is two weeks old. Not that there’s any self-conscious deception going on here of course…

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  • dannitoon

    Nov 3, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    If he is 24 he wasn’t born in Berlin West Germany. .. the wall came down in 1989.. I was born in West berlin West Germany in 1976

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