Chancel Mbemba has said that joining Newcastle United is his dream and that he will be moving to St James’ Park, even though things are not yet finalized – he seems to have set his heart on joining his former team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic on Tyneside.
We’re not sure when this deal will complete but it looks almost certain it will go through, and as far as we are concerned the sooner the better.
Cancel Mbemba – talks about when he joins Newcastle
This is what the DR Congo and Anderlecht center-back has said:
“The transfer is not finalized yet. There are still some details to work out but it will go through and I’m proud of myself.”
“I worked very hard for it to arrive and it’s a childhood dream come true. In Congo, everyone dreams of one day playing in the Premier League.” “In my country, it is the place to be.”
“I went to visit Borussia Monchengladbach’s facilities. I had a good interview with their management, and the coach tried to sell it to me but the club could not pay what Anderlecht requested.”
“Atletico have also made an offer, but it was refused for the same reasons.” “This competition is a showcase. I think it’s mostly at home to Arsenal when I tabled my business card to English clubs.”
“When I arrived in 2011 I had nothing. I did not even know if I was going to eat every night. And now here I am. It’s also cool that Mitrovic is in Newcastle too.”
“But I also look forward to seeing Cheikhou Kouyate when we face West Ham.”
He’s talking there like he’s already at Newcastle – when we (Newcastle ) face West Ham.
Mbemba’s agent is Fabio Baglio and he had this to say about how his player impressed Graham Carr:
“The interest of English does not date from yesterday.” “The head of scouting at Newcastle (Graham Carr) came to see Chancel during Champions League match in Dortmund.”
“He was impressed, and Newcastle continued to follow Chancel.” “Since the club had the means to the amount requested, the negotiations were quick.”
It’s not often that Newcastle outbid the bigger clubs for our transfer targets, but this is what we have done to get Mbemba.
The Belgium press have been reporting since last Friday that this is a done deal, although it looks like the details still have to be worked out, and Newcastle need to get a work permit for him.
We seem to be on a roll at the moment in the transfer market, and we need to keep it going.
Newcastle still need another striker and another center-back brought in – in addition to Chancel – and maybe another midfielder.