We have wondered what Cheick Tiote’s future would be at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez, because Cheick became a starter once Rafa arrived at the club last March and Cheick was finally fit.
The Shields Gazette is reporting this morning that Tiote will leave Newcastle this summer, after his proposed move to the Chinese Premier League and Shanghai Shenhua fell through only last January.
The news is that Cheick wants to leave and find a new challenge and Rafa Benitez seems to be OK with that.
Cheick Tiote – in action last season
Tiote tuned 30 yesterday and Newcastle will allow Tiote to leave in the summer at the right price, although since he has only one year of his contract left then maybe £4M is all Newcastle can expect for him?
Tiote could still manage to get a big money deal in China, where the league there is prepared to pay out some big wages to older stars and Papiss Cisse has also been linked with a move to China over the last year or so.
If Tiote leaves it will be interesting to see if Rafa will bring in a defensive midfielder, but Henri Saivet is available but was never used by Rafa in the first team – Henri appeared on the bench a few times.
The 25-year-old faces an uncertain future at St James’s Park and may be sold or sent out on loan this summer and he has five years left on his contract at Newcastle after we signed him in January from Bordeaux.
In fact the other central midfielder signed in January – Jonjo Shelvey – also didn’t see much playing time under Rafa after he was signed from Swansea in January.
So Jonjo’s future is also uncertain at Newcastle, which is why we thought Cheick Tiote could see out the final year of his contract at Newcastle.
It doesn’t look like that will happen.
What do you think?