Newcastle Face Tough Competition For International Center-Back

Aymen Abdennour’s agent Abdelkader Jilani has again been shopping his client around, and the 25 year-old Monaco center-back who was impressive last season in guiding the club to 3rd place in the French League, has said more than once that he would only leave Monaco for a club that plays regularly in the Champions League.

That’s why clubs like Newcastle will not have much chance of signing him – even through we are said to have put a formal bid in for him last week, and West Ham supposedly have recently bid £13.5M for him.

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Aymen Abdennour – in big demand according to agent

The latest news from Jilani is that the center-back would like a move to England or Spain, so there’s hope we suppose but he will not move to West Ham.

Jilani is again trying to generate interest with the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal with maybe Liverpool too – clubs that can qualify for the Champions League in England.

This is what agent Abdelkader Jilani has told Italian website Calcio Mercato:

“We’ve never been contacted by Milan, or any Italian club,” “Abdennour wants to play in the Premier League or La Liga, not in Italy. The path leading to West Ham is closed.”

“Would he consider Milan? No, because he doesn’t want to go to Italy. I repeat, England or Spain is his future.”

And Jilani has said that Barcelona are interested in his client – but all this year he has been linking all times of top European clubs with Abdennour – and it’s difficult to know if there’s much truth in whether all these clubs have a real interest.

This is what Jilani has told AS regarding Barcelona:

“They are one of the interested parties, like Milan, Inter, Juventus and Liverpool,” 

Abdennour himself just says he wants to play for a big club and that he’s ready to move:

“I have a contract with Monaco and I’m undecided,”  “But I can say that I want to get better every day and I want to play for one of the biggest clubs spoken about soon. I’m ready.”

The problem with moving to England is there are only four or five clubs where Champions League football is almost guaranteed and they are all very good sides.

And we are not sure if they would be interested in signing a good center-back this summer.

But news about Newcastle signing the Algerian International is wishful thinking – well – not unless we can convince that Newcastle aim to be in the Champions League in a couple of years.

What do you think?

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