McClaren Opens Up On Cheick Tiote

Tiote didn’t train yesterday and that’s because he is on his way to China to talk with Shanghai Shenhua, but Steve stressed nothing has been agreed yet.

But for a player to miss a very important Premier League game for us by traveling to meet with a club to talk about a transfer says to us the deal must be very close and it will very likely happen.

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Steve McClaren – nothing agreed yet on Tiote

This is what Steve said about Cheick in his press conference yesterday:

“There’s been an approach from a Chinese team and Cheick is currently on his way to meet them.”

“There is no agreement and nothing has been finalized. nothing has been agreed to – I think the player is just going out there to have a chat with them and see where that ends up.”

“If it goes through I’ll be sad to see him move – yes – I think he’s done well for us in the last three games but while it’s in the pipeline and not finalized – it’s difficult to talk about whether he’s here or not here.”

“And I suppose when it’s done and dusted – if it’s done and dusted – we’ll talk about the effect it has.”

It’s obvious from those words that Steve has no control over whether Cheick leaves or not – and we’d like to see him stay through the end of the season – simply to make our squad that little bit stronger – in case of injuries or suspensions.

I’m like a broken record on this, so I probably shouldn’t say here’s another case of cashing in on a player half way through the season for financial gain, when it makes no football sense.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.