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.
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?