French newspaper L’Equipe has an interview today with new Newcastle signing Henri Saivet and Henri goes into the reasons he choice Newcastle United over some other Premier League clubs who wanted him.
Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich also wanted to sign the central midfielder who can play in a number of different positions including out on both wings.
Henri Saivet – now a Newcastle player
But Henri chose Newcastle rather quickly and he talked about the reason for doing that – but it was such a big club with a lot of former Lique 1 players in the team – and he seems to relish the challenge of getting the club out of relegation trouble.
Henri talked to Steve McClaren before signing and he seems to have been impressed with the Newcastle head coach – who surprised the Senegal International by knowing so much about him and how he played.
This is what Henri has told L´Equipe today:
“I knew that contacts were established with some clubs. But Newcastle is a great challenge for me.”
“To come at the point of the season to help them move up the rankings, it is something very exciting. I’m a guy who needs a challenge.”
“In fact, I asked myself the question as to which club I could adapt more easily, quickly. Newcastle is in a state of emergency, I know.”
“But given the club’s size and the number of former Ligue 1 players the answer jumped out at me.”
“The central position of midfield is where I will play. I talked with the coach, and he even surprised me.”
“I didn’t think he would know me so well, that he could tell me about my game in as much detail.”
You´ve got to admire a player who wants to come to Newcastle and join the fight to save us from relegation.
The 25 year-old Senegal International looks like he´s looking forward to helping Newcastle out of the ¨state of emergency¨ we are in right now.
Players with the attitude and temperament of Henri Saivet are exactly the type of players who can help us do just that.
We like the 25 year-old, who is looking forward to the (big) challenge at Newcastle United for the rest of the season.