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Rafa Opens Up – What’s Happening With Wijnaldum and Sissoko

7:16 pm, Friday, July 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 80 Comments

Rafa has been asked whether it’s possible to keep Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko at the club this summer and he says – well he doesn’t know – but he will try to keep them at Newcastle.

Rafa also shows what a really good manager he is, because he was in contact with Moussa after every game he played for France during the recent Euros.

rafa benitez closeup in cap

Rafa Benitez – talks about keeping Gini and Moussa

If Moussa had some real football sense – he’d stay with Rafa and let the Spanish manager make him into the excellent player he looked for France during the Euros and in his last few games for Newcastle last season.

It was no coincidence that Rafa had coached him from early March and Moussa showed the best form of his career in that time and in the summer for France.

But if the big man leaves for another club this summer, which looks likely – and plays for another manager,  he may just go back to being the same player he’s been at Newcastle – good when he wants to be and is in the mood – but far too often a mediocre player.

Here’s what Rafa has said when asked if thinks he can keep both Wijnaldum and Sissoko at Newcastle for the season:

“Maybe, you never know.” “Our idea is to keep these players, if it’s possible.”

“But we know how football is now and the market and agents.” “Gini has trained really well, and I’m very happy with him.”

“And Moussa , I rate him very highly. He was very good for us at the end of the season and in the Euros.”

“We know what is going on. A lot of people will be asking for them, but, at the moment, we will see if they can stay and improve the team.”

“It not, we will find the best solution for the team.” “I was in contact with him after every game.” “I was delighted because he was doing well and progressing.”

“He was playing at the level he was playing at the last games of last season.” “I think everybody can see the potential of the player.”

“He was enjoying it. I was disappointed because they didn’t win.”

Moussa seems determined to leave, but the danger for him is he could end up on the bench at a bigger club much like Yohan Cabaye did at PSG and Mathieu Debuchy did at Arsenal after leaving the Magpies.

In a year or two we expect Newcastle to have a top team under Benitez and we’d love to see both Moussa and Gini in that team – but that is very unlikely.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Coaching · Georginio Wijnaldum · Management · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

80 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JP...from The Rock // Jul 15, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    I rate Wijnaldum highly and don’t want him to go. Sissoko on the other hand can go. He can be a world beater on his day but that is very few and far between.

    I just don’t understand the hate towards Wijnaldum though. He performed greatly in a team very badly managed last season. He came up with 11 good goals from midfield and was our top scorer. Is much more talented and consistent than Sissoko yet many fans despise him Gini too. I don’t get that. If it is because he stated that he would prefer to be in the Premier League it doesn’t make sense, cause honestly who wouldn’t want to be in the Premier League. If it is because he failed to register a goal away from home it makes even less sense.

    Injust hope we get rid of Sissoko the waster and keep the good player we have in Wijnaldum.

  • 2 Belfast // Jul 15, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Think it’s probably the fact he didn’t turn up for one away game all season.

    He is a much better player than Sissoko though.

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Jul 15, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Wini not only didn’t score a single away goal, he also looked completely disinterested most of the time in away games. Shocking. Don’t know what to make of him really. That kind of attitude won’t work with Rafa.

  • 4 lukes26 // Jul 15, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    For me, Gini was far more inconsistent than Sissoko.

    Sissoko you could depend on to be effective for 50-60 minutes a game, before fading.

    Part of the problem with Sissoko for the past two seasons is Newcastle never had a threat on the Left..until Townsend arrive….., Dummett/Ameobi or Dummett/Gini are never going to beat you on the LW.

    Sissoko was asked to do too much and defenses knew we had no other threat

    Gini didnt defend very well…gave up possession far too easily in so many games

    How this blog decided on scapegoating sissoko is beyond me. mob mentality i guess

  • 5 Our Toon // Jul 15, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    Gini’s first season outside of Holland, scored 11 goals in an awfully managed team and went missing away from home. Overall he did well considering in my eyes, plenty of players have completely failed in this league in the first season including the likes of Ozil.

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Jul 15, 2016 at 7:59 PM

  • 7 jazzyp // Jul 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    First i feel sorry for sicknote. If he was an horse they would have put him down by now.

    On Gini granted never showed up for an away game, But how many positions was he asked to play in. He was played across the entire midfield. Up front, Behind the forward. As a no10, As a defensive midfielder.
    The guy was played all over the park and never in a constant position to settle in or make his own.

    Put it this way i would sooner have him in the team then against us

  • 8 Jib // Jul 15, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Come on Rafa push the boat out .
    It will only cost us €47 million twice
    Easy terms over 24 months.

  • 9 Jib // Jul 15, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    190 games for Real Madrid 107 goals
    94 games for Napoli 71 goals

  • 10 Yo-yo // Jul 15, 2016 at 8:38 PM


    Are you thinking of a Sissoko – Campbell trade or part trade ?

  • 11 Jib // Jul 15, 2016 at 8:56 PM
    It’s a new one to me.
    Don’t shout at me if it doesn’t work !

  • 12 Jib // Jul 15, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Also this

  • 13 Munster Mag // Jul 15, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Ed and others. Will you please stop calling them Bohemian , or Bohemian FC. They are called Bohemians , or Bohs for short.

  • 14 Jib // Jul 15, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Don’t forget
    Monday August 1st
    9 a.m.
    Open training session SJP – entrance free

  • 15 Jib // Jul 15, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Looks like Bohemian FC to me like.
    Just saying like
    Lucky I’m not Tuffty or I might be crowing

  • 16 Belfast // Jul 15, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Munster is correct. That’s what I’ve always thought they were called.

  • 17 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Nice info jib, always appreciated.

    Go munster, you tell them! 😉 It’s like those cheeky so n so’s who call us Newcatsle innit? 😉

    Tuff, we know your reason for slagging off Arma. Let’s not pretend. At least be grown up about it… no, cancel that bit. It’s simply impossible.

  • 18 Belfast // Jul 15, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Check the league table on yer link Jib and you’ll see they’re called Bohemians on the league table. 🙂

  • 19 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Sadly, i’ve reached the point where I couldn’t care less whether they go or not. The major problem is we’ll not replace either this season, because, as they’ve shown, players as wonderful as them simply won’t drop a league – which is why i understand Rafa’s standpoint. Any so called verbal agreement is null and void anyway, if there’s any truth in it at all. The man allegedly making it has moved on, which instantly raises suspicion.
    How about we give them a new contract? 12 months only. Stay and get us promoted and we will sell you for a reasonable price next summer – guaranteed. Obviously the small print must contain effort and attitude, but that way we win, win, win. We get promoted. We cash in nicely and get rid next season. Lets be honest, even if we got 60m for the pair, we couldn’t replace them this season. Just an idea to try and smooth the waters.

  • 20 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    I’ve just taken a look at the club badge. It reads Bohemian FC. HOWEVER, everywhere else they’re called Bohemians. Could it be like Tottenham Hotspur, who are always called Spurs? Hopefully, because that makes everybody correct! 😉

  • 21 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Wow, a military coup is underway in Turkey. Will the nutters not be happy until the world is in flames? Sorry for the politics, but it is important.

  • 22 clinath@ed // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Bobby….just found out in the last 10 mins that our holiday in Turkey has been cancelled due to Low Cost Holidays going bump.
    Now a coup in the country, don’t know whether to be relieved or pissed off. Ffs

  • 23 jimmysmith // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Now we see the method in the madness in having 4 top number 10’s, when you don’t have a single top class left back, and one too few decent CB’s. You can sell two of them for a substantial profit and not miss them so much, seeing as it made us so lopsided we got relegated.

    Sissoko and Widjaldum are very good, but I doubt we’d have gone down had we had an equally good CB, and LB in their places.

    Wijnaldum was a good player that we were capable of getting, but not the player we needed. Townsend came too late, but really we needed a left winger anyway seeing as Thauvin failed so dismally.

    I don’t want to sell either of them because I think we can’t replace them with the same quality, and because I think keeping them increases our chances of coming straight back, but I think a side like






    for example would be as formidable as anything we fielded last season, simply because all the players would be in their favoured positions, and would leave us with a bench of genuine understudies to slot into the same formation, or change it up.

  • 24 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Clint, maybe being grateful you ain’t caught up in it all might be best marra, regardless of how much money it’s cost. I hope your insurance covers it mate. Always knew letting Turkey into the EU was a massive error, but seriously, it couldn’t have happened at a worst time really. It’ll be open border time. Dangerous times mate.

  • 25 clinath@ed // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Yeah, that’s what I’m telling the missus. Got a fight for the money now, as the company moved to Spain and are not covered by ABTA….happy days.
    Might take the dog to Cornwall instead, that’s the Labrador by the way.

  • 26 jimmysmith // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:20 PM






    Alternatively should in theory murder most Championship teams. We do still need a quality CB.

  • 27 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Jimmy, i hope perez has a better season than last one, because he was a big disappointment following his first season. At times he just looked like he didn’t want to be there. A season below might actually be the best thing for all concerned, as mad as that sounds.

  • 28 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Clint mate, genuinely gutted for you. What a horrible thing to happen to anybody. Don’t wish to be the harbinger of doom, but without ABTA i’m not sure where you go. So now some slimy git is sitting somewhere counting his ill gotten gains without a second thought to the dreams he’s shattered. It’s well beyond time that holiday companies were forced to join ABTA or lose their licence to trade.

  • 29 clinath@ed // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Bobby….it’s only money mate.

  • 30 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Clint, that’s the long and short of it and a very mature way to view it. Respect marra.

  • 31 jimmysmith // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Bobby you’d expect Perez and every other player in the squad to do very very well, because of the drop in the standard of the opposition, the better balanced squad, and Benitez preparing them. There really can’t be any excuses for the players this time round.

  • 32 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Jimmy, the reality is we should win the league whether those two stay or go. We can’t replace them in the Championship and anyone expecting us to might get a nasty surprise. £30m players don’t do that! Having seen the difference Rafa made in a short time, I’m confident he’ll bring us back up. I’m just hoping Arma gets fit enough to prove himself, with Rafa never having watched him live. He needs to get fit, then match fit, before getting his chance. My long term study of him convinces me he’s still our most natural finisher by a mile and it would be our loss to send him back out on loan.
    On paper your second team looks the best, but I personally like the first one if I’m honest. Apart from Arma obviously! 😉 😉

  • 33 BandB // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Great read lads.

  • 34 BandB // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    I can’t think of anything more edgy than a man considering taking his Labradog to Cornwall as a booby prize.
    Still, it’s only money Dot.
    Mustn’t grumble, Pauline.

  • 35 BandB // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Anyway, about me soapsuds……..

  • 36 Bobbybee // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Still not seen that shrink yet, i see.

  • 37 BandB // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:30 PM


    I’m not talking to you.
    Just laughing at you.

  • 38 BandB // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    You chronic bore.

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:39 PM


    It’s been nice and peaceful, so for one once just behave, there’s a good girl.

  • 40 Yo-yo // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    you really are a patronising richardhead welsh

  • 41 chubtree // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    I don’t think he’s brought Matt Ritchie in to sit on the bench. Wijnaldum only turned up in about 7 or 8 home games and not once away from home. Sissoko turned up for about 10 minutes every 6 or 7 games and odd game when we were on sky unti Rafa took over. If they want to go let them go. If we go back up people will be desperate to play for Rafa.

  • 42 welshgeordie9 // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    patronising me never.

  • 43 BandB // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:50 PM


    There must be a bullet out there with my name on it.
    But I’m prepared to hazards a guess you will never own it.
    There’s a popular meme about being ‘savaged by a dead sheep.”
    But I never do those crummy gags.

  • 44 welshgeordie9 // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:51 PM


    Ritchie will play on the right wing so he can cut it on his dangerous left foot because he has got one hell of a shot on him, if Gini is still here he will play in a middle of the three, if he’s playing 4231.

  • 45 welshgeordie9 // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Like to see thauvin stay as well, pretty much doubt it, him and Aarons on the left wing will be good to watch.

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Jul 15, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Why would there be a bullet with your name on it.

  • 47 jimmysmith // Jul 16, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    A few bob on Leicester to go down, might be a good investment, considering they look like losing Kante and Mahrez, who were probably the two most influential players in the league last season. Putting to one side that you’d be making money off the misfortune of others of course. You wouldn’t be the first though.

  • 48 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 12:44 AM

    You really are a terrible advert for cheap plonk. We were discussing his misfortune at having lost his family holiday. A sickening experience most would agree. He did accept that if he’d gone this week it could’ve been worse, so it’s only money. I was impressed by his attitude – more grown up than many on here might have. Then you come along and make light of it. Why? What sort of person would laugh at his misfortune? You’ve got a serious problem. First post – bang. WHY? If you can’t emphasise with him, just say nothing. He’s spoken to you before, so why the bitchiness? I don’t understand you. More faces than a town clock and all telling a different time.

  • 49 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Empathise even. 😉

  • 50 expatmag // Jul 16, 2016 at 1:52 AM

    I once bought my female boss a coffee mug for her birthday.

    On the mug, there was a drawing of a particularly assertive woman in aggressive pose with the words written underneath:

    99% BITCH. 1% WOMAN


  • 51 Our Toon // Jul 16, 2016 at 1:59 AM

    Looking forward to the season, hopefully it will go well and we get promoted automatically.

    Bobby – Turkey is apart of Europe but not in the EU mate, dangerous times full stop, nothing to do with open borders… borders is just fear mongering!!

  • 52 Our Toon // Jul 16, 2016 at 2:14 AM

    Not overly convinced we have enough cover in defence, need a LB and another 2 CB’s

  • 53 lesh // Jul 16, 2016 at 2:17 AM


    If you’ve paid for your holiday using a credit card, you may have grounds for a refund from the card provider.

    Anyway, as Bobby said, it might just be Kismet playing its hand – Cornwall’s flag’s black and white!

  • 54 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 2:20 AM

    Our toon, is it not part of nato? These kinds of acts are deliberately designed to cause civil unrest in america’s world wide hatred of muslims. They want civil wars so they can provide the answer. I wasn’t having a dig at muslims, my target was the puppet masters who are hell bent on bringing about Armageddon to fulfil some prophecy written by a mad man. It’s divide and rule all over again. We’re all puppets in the game played by a very few psychopaths. It worries me that people will believe the hype and turn on each other, instead of those behind it all.

  • 55 lesh // Jul 16, 2016 at 2:25 AM

    Our Toon

    Don’t want to nitpick whilst there’s a little bit in Europe, virtually all of Turkey’s in Asia.

    Turkey’s represented in Euro competitions – as is Israel. Err, Israel? Europe??

  • 56 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 2:27 AM

    Lesh, nice idea. I hadn’t thought of that avenue. What horrible gits some people are eh? They must’ve known they were going bust, so where’s the money? What makes it worse is they claim bankruptcy and get a slapped wrist. Knacka’s, every one of them.

  • 57 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    Lesh, Israel have to play in Europe because nobody in that area will have anything to do with them, not even football. Even Iraq and Iran played each other!! 😉

  • 58 expatmag // Jul 16, 2016 at 2:45 AM

    So….what has this discussion got to do with football then?

    I see enty of action over the weekend in the transfer market.

    One other point though……as Chelsea are about to sign Kante from Leicester for 32 million pounds and seeing Sossoko technically replace Kante in the latter stages of the EUROS, I think it is fair to say the powers to be at NUFC tel those serial hypocrites like Arsebal Spurs Liverpool etc that as a precedent, our caluation of Sissoko at 35 million pounds is actally a cheap deal.
    Cough up or sod off

  • 59 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 2:47 AM

    So, turkey’s in nato. It’s a democratic country in which 68% voted. Lets hope russia see it that way too and backs the elected president/PM. We’ve got Rafa. We’re looking up at long last. Don’t you warmongers spoil everything. Let’s hope it blows over this time.

  • 60 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 2:58 AM

    Elegantly put expatmag. Every season they gather like vultures, ready to pick up the scraps cheaply from those relegated misfortunes. Not this time, 😉 By hook or by crook Ashley’s actually got us in a position of great strength. There was 150m to spend and they only managed to waste 82m of it. FFP can’t touch us because we earned it. It’s why we don’t need to sell. He’s finally got it right and only he knows if it was planned. His previous suggests not, but who cares? Rafa’s got that money now and he’s using it wisely. I can’t wait for the season to start myself.

  • 61 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 3:07 AM

    Wow, it’s three am and probably time to get some shut eye. Gnight to all you night owls, in far flung places where it is currently sensible o’clock. Let’s hope for a win tomorrow, friendly or not. Munster, i look forward to a decent match report in full alan shearer mode. Enjoy the game marra! HTL! ! !

  • 62 Our Toon // Jul 16, 2016 at 3:22 AM


    Fair play mate, apologies thought you were having a dig. Please accept my apologies, not sure what’s going on but the world is messed up.

    Lesh – Israel takes part in euro competitions because of what happened in Munich I believe, not 100% sure this is the reason but remember athletes being murdered by senseless idiots. As for Turkey they are a key member because of their position on the map and as such a target for both sides.

    Expat – this has nothing to do with football but something more important than football and nufc mate, with the way the world is going well we won’t but watching much football!!

    Been a long day time to sleep and hopefully normality is restored tomorrow.

  • 63 Bobbybee // Jul 16, 2016 at 4:10 AM

    Our toon – dawdled another hour ffs – apologies not required, it’s a terrible situation. This is all about causing a problem that wasn’t there, scaring people into extremist views and than offering the solution – order out of chaos. It’s all a massive act to remove freedom with terror. Chillcot bottled it, leaving Blair just short of war crimes, despite the lies that took us to war. Anyway, too much politics – sorry Ed. I’m with you on this one marra, all the way.

  • 64 jimmysmith // Jul 16, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    This unbridled attack on certain players continues to fascinate me, our better players moreover, as if their performances occur in isolation of the miserable manner in which the club has been run, or indeed of the angst of it’s success starved and massive following weighing them down into a bargain they didn’t realised they’d made.

  • 65 Jib // Jul 16, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    When a player is on life changing money per month the only bargain they make as far as I’m concerned is to give of their best all of the time without reservation.
    Sissoko it is now obvious was avoiding the risk of injury in case he missed the Euros.

    Wijnaldum only put in a decent performance.
    when he was in the comfort zone of SJP.

    Just look at Colo , Gutierrez , Barton and Nolan when we were relegated last time.
    They acknowledged their part in the relegation and girded their loins and got on with it.

    If you don’t understand the attacks on Moussa and Gini then you don’t understand the way a Geordie fan thinks.

  • 66 jimmysmith // Jul 16, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    Thinks poorly by your rationale.

  • 67 Jib // Jul 16, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    If we all agreed life would be boring
    At least you argue your corner unlike some on here.

  • 68 Jib // Jul 16, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Steven Caulker ,Tom Lees , Grant Hanley , Aden Flint , Fernando Amorebieta ,Filip Helander – Rafa has talked to their clubs about all of these players in fact he has made offers on at least one.
    We can see what sort of player Benitez is after – these players are all what the old rugby commentator Bill Mclaren used to call “solid citizens” that is tough uncompromising defenders.

  • 69 Veltmann // Jul 16, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Looks like the place settled down a bit. .

    I don’t think Sdj will contribute anything because of his recurring health issues.I was prepared to see what he can do for the last time but sadly cut short even before kicking a ball under Benitez. His situation is concerning now and the club sh’d seriously consider to offload him,even at minimal fee.He is holding a key squad place that should have contributed a lot coming on as a sub.Even Marveaux could have contributed sthg in his pos.
    RBz look to go easy on players and staffs but Sdj’s position should be under serious consider’n.
    If I were Benitez, I will try to swap him with one of his former club Ajax players as part of the deal.
    I even forgot his existence in this football club until his name mentioned yesterday.

  • 70 Jib // Jul 16, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    According to the DailyMail – Palace , Man City and NUFC are after PSV goalie Jeroen Zoet – I think the Toon just gets tagged on the end of a list of interested clubs out of habit.

  • 71 expatmag // Jul 16, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Here is one right out of left field and I fully expect to be berated by some on here but seeing we are looking for a wideman, there is a certain former player who is on trial 12 miles down the road tbat still has the pace and trickery plus a sublime left foot who is free and looking for a club. His attitude might suck at times but working under a world class manager like Rafa as opposed to some of the crap he worked under at Newcastle Wigan and Villa may be his and our saving grace. A two year contract for a 29 year old wouldnt hurt.

    What about Charles N’Zogbia?

  • 72 expatmag // Jul 16, 2016 at 7:39 AM


    We were supposed to have been after him for the last 3 years. Annual bullshit from the Daily Fail

  • 73 Munster Mag // Jul 16, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Bobby am sad to say i wont be at the bohs game today. I didnt realise but i had a longstanding commitment to a GAA club fundraiser and if i had dropped out, a few other guys on my team were dropping out too. My own fault but i didnt want to go back on a commitment. Gutted though!

  • 74 Jib // Jul 16, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Talking of wide players
    We are back talking with Anderlecht about Frank Acheampong

  • 75 Jib // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    In Turkey the people have shown their power.
    Thank heaven for that
    I do quite a bit of business with Turkey !

  • 76 Munster Mag // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Bobby am sad to say i wont be at the bohs game today. I didnt realise but i had a longstanding commitment to a GAA club fundraiser and if i had dropped out, a few other guys on my team were dropping out too. My own fault but i didnt want to go back on a commitment. Gutted though! Expat i thought u were talking about the paedo in jail for a minute 🙂

  • 77 Munster Mag // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Jib i knew u’d chase me re the bohs badge. In fairness to me, its not even like spurs/Tottenham. I’m not sure i’ve ever heard them referred to as anything other than bohs or bohemians fc. Really sad to be missing it. I was going to go to carton house one evening on my post work travels but felt that was a bit odd behaviour for a 40 something year old. If i had my daughter with me i wud gladly have used her as a “front”!

  • 78 Veltmann // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Jib – What kind of business do you do in Turkey?
    I still consider you as a young fella judging by your comments,but sometimes makes me think again when you say “my misus”,’my son’,etc etc
    You are a strange fella:)

  • 79 expatmag // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:19 AM


    So you thought they would give that tosser day release to train and play then……….lol

  • 80 Munster Mag // Jul 16, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    As for sissoko and wiji its realpolitik lads. Neither want to be here, forget the training smiles. Cash in. I’d dump thauvin too,not strong enough. re formation if rafa sticks to 4231 for all but the toughest away games he will be a bit mad. Hopefully it will transition into a 4141 or 4132 in games. I think the arsenal signing could be significant for us and could be seriously astute transfer work from rafa. Was the player on a list circulated to clubs or did rafa know of him. If so, then rafa ( and carr) deserve big kudos

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