Benitez Puts Newcastle Into A No Lose Situation


It was really interesting to hear Rafa Benitez talk last night during the BBC Radio Newcastle call-in show with Mick Lowe about Moussa Sissoko – and Rafa genuinely seems to like the big Frenchman.

Rafa said that he liked Moussa as a footballer and also as a person and said he had talked with both Moussa and his agent and told them what the deal was with Newcastle.

Basically if Newcastle get what the club is asking for him – said to be a cool £35M – he will be allowed to leave the club this summer, but otherwise we would not sell and he would have to stay.

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Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko

This is how Rafa has backed up those words today in his press conference for the Fulham game tomorrow night:

“Moussa is training well and we don’t have any official offers on the table, a lot of speculation from agents and media but nothing on the table officially,”

“If he goes, hopefully it will be the right price for us — but if he stays I will be delighted.”

It seems a little amazing, but if clubs are turned away by the high transfer fee placed on the Frenchman’s head it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he will not be sold and Moussa could stay at Newcastle past August.

On the other hand ….. there’s always Liverpool.

🙂

If he stays it’s unlikely he would want to leave in January – assuming we do as well as we hope to in the league  – and who know Moussa may be getting his wish to play for a big club who plays in the Champions League in the near future.

Without even making a move.

That’s the less likely scenario of course, but still possible.

So it’s really a win-win for Newcastle, whichever way it goes. whether Moussa stays or Moussa goes.

If he does stay we will have to get Rafa to tell him to stop making those stupid comments to the French press every time he’s called away on International duty.

And of course he will not be the captain, with Jamaal Lascelles deservedly being made made captain today at the very young age of 22.

But this lad has huge leadership ability and tremendous passion for the club.

With Moussa, most Newcastle fans probably want him to leave before the month is out, given all the statements he’s made since the Euro 2016 Championships.

Certainly if we get £35M for him that’s an excellent deal and if stays he could help Newcastle tear up the Championship.

Comments welcome.


154 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘Newcatsle’ – mark of authenticity!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Oops!

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  • Belfast

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #3

    West Bromwich or Palace.

    He should also hire a trustworthy agent who doesn’t tell him fibs.

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  • Belfats

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Top of the morning

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  • Belfats

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Top of the morning

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #6

    ‘Newcastle’ – as if by magic!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #7

    What! Pinocchio is Moussas agent? Lol

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  • Rafa Revolution

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #8

    We won’t get £35 for Moussa

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  • Belfast

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Top of the morning to you too brother.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #10

    His agent is obviously filling his heed full a crap.

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  • hibbitt

    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #11

    more chance of getting 35m for Rafa than Sissoko

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  • stephen1971

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #12

    just rafa saying he,s in no hurry to sell so pay up what we want or off yi go

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Bit of poker being played, methinks

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #14

    How on earth is the tax payer funding W Hams move to a new stadium?

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  • swemag

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Once Pogba deal done Sissoko will go for 32. No way he is here September 1st.

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Assuming no more movement in the transfer market the strongest 1st 11 imo would be
    Krul
    Janmat Mbemba Lascelles Dummet

    Sissoko Mbia Colback Ritchie

    Mitrovic Gayle

    Id be happy with that line up in the Premier league

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  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Mbia?
    You mean Diame surely

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #18

    lol that’s the fella rolando

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Ive a good feeling about tomorrow, think well smash them 3-0… I put $50 on it as well 🙂

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Hope your right Dok. I reckon 2 -1 win. I think it will take us about 5 or 6 games to get into full flow performance wise but I can still see us picking up initial results

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #21

    agreed beautiful..

    I am taking half a day, and got the local here in texas to put it on, and have volume as well…. ill be pissed by halftime I hope, and singing 🙂

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  • ZIPPIE57

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #22

    sell sell sell

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d love Sissoko to stay, and Tiote. We’d have an unstoppable squad. Sissoko on the right, in this league, in this team, Tiote alongside Shelvey or Diame, with Perez or De Jong in the hole, Ritchie on the left, and Mitro up top. Good Lord.

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  • clinath@ed

    Aug 4, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Prediction wise, I’ve got us drawing tomorrow then going on a 5 win streak.

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Enjoy Dok
    I agree on Sissoko and tiote staying are important for our season. Proven premiership players make all the difference in this league whether some people like it or not.
    Quality separates the wheat from the chaff!!

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #26

    clinath,

    can we get the win tomorrow, then the draw and a 4 game win streak? 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Just had a breakthrough thinking about the team lads. Here it is: went onto Transfer Market and found Colback’s value at 7.5 M euros. Now, Colback is not one of our top 8 players. Yet he’s worth 7.5 M euros! That means we have a top, top squad! Beautiful…..

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  • Fostino

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #28

    I expect a cautious toon line up

    Sels

    Janmaat lascalles mbemba jesus

    Hayden colback

    Anita shelvey ritchie

    Gayle

    Perez Arrons Diame to come on if needed

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #29

    I personally think colback is under rated. I think he breaks up the oppositions play well, reads the game well and helps keep our shape. Hes in Rafas 1st 11 as well so that suggests he sees something similar

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  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #30

    If there’s no acceptable bid on the table for Sissoko, he’s got nobody else to blame but himself. After all, he bigged himself up as being EuCL material so he’s priced accordingly. He could though consider the fact that he’s worth £35m to Newcastle United. He’s boxed himself into a catch 22 situation so whether he stays or goes, Rafa’s played him well – provided he responds to Rafa’s encouragement.

    Geordie Two

    If welshie’s to be in line for a villain’s role, it can only be as a pantomime villain.

    His punning humour though is more often than not, clever. Take a bow weshieboyo, you’ve got one fan at least – me.

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  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Toon to go unbeaten all season 50-1, worth a punt

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #32

    I don’t think rafa will take too many risks in terms of differing the team from last season
    I think rafa might go for go for
    Darlow
    Janmat Mbemba Lascelles Dunnet
    Anita Colback Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Gayle

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Fostino
    Diame, Clark, Sissoko and Tiote will not take part Tomorrow.
    reported by/on radio Newcastle earlier today

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Yeah, Colback will be well worth his place when selected. I’m not sure he get’s in our best 11 though, should Tiote and Sissoko stay.

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  • StevoNorthShields

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Did I just imagine this or did moussa only score one league goal all of last season, despite hardly missing a game?? I can’t imagine his goals created and scored stats are particularly good over the last four seasons or so

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  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Beautiful mind

    I’m with you about Colbeck. He doesn’t hide and gives his all which is more than can be said for some last season.

    If anyone can use his energy and passion it’s Rafa.

    I’ve been consistent in saying that some fans have got to have a player to get at and now that Saylor and Collo have gone, it looks like it’s Jack Colbeck’s turn to be the one that’s blamed for everything.

    Criticism’s fine as Lon as it’s constructive’s fine but constant sniping doesn’t do a player or the Club for that matter any good at all.

    Lay off the lad and praise his positives rather than close their eyes to them.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #37

    https://youtu.be/lefP0_ZM-Lw

    G2………. I thought you might like this

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  • StevoNorthShields

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #38

    As a direct example, Laurent Robert was vilified as bone idle etc, whilst regularly scoring 5-10 goals a season and assisting a fair few. Ginola…. Solano…. Even lads like rob lee who started on the wing and Scott sellars… The lazy French wannabe isn’t fit to lace any of these lads boots in my humble opinion

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Sissoko did what most other players do in situations like this. Look after himself which I have no problem with. If he stays he just needs to get his focus back and crack on. The fans should get behind him as long as he is at Newcastle and keep the moral high ground

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  • lesh

    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Charlie

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