23 year-old Schalke defender Joel Matip is a very good player so when we’ve been linked with the 6’4″ center-back it was good news, but it seems Newcastle Unite’s name is not what it used to be – especially after our terrible second half of last season.
And news today in Germany that Joel Matip is simply not interested in joining Newcastle, and it looks like he wants to stay at Schalke – where he’s been for 15 years and has one year left on his contract at the club.
Joel Matip – not interested in joining Newcastle
The report is from German publisher WAZ and it suggests that if indeed Matip were to leave Schalke, he would look for a bigger club than Newcastle.
Schalke Sporting Director, Horst Heldt has been quoted in the report and this is what he’s said:
“Joel wants to stay at Schalke,” “So far we have not yet negotiated, but only an exploratory talk.”
Newcastle have faltered as a club over the last eight years during which time we’ve finished in the top ten of the Premier League only twice and we’ve been fighting relegation in two of our last three seasons.
So we can hardly be called one of England’s top clubs at the moment – in spite of our great history.
One of the things Newcastle must do next season is to have a good season, so then it will be easier to attract good players to the club next summer or even next January – as we used to do.
The target is to finish in the top eight next season and try to win one of the local cups, but before then we have to strengthen the squad.