Rafa Benitez has said that Yoan Gouffran has received some offers to leave Newcastle, but that he is likely to stay on Tyneside and see out the final year of his four and a half year contract at Newcastle.
For the second game in a row Yoan started on the wing at Bristol on Saturday and he had another good game as Newcastle got their second win in a row to finally get the season going in the right direction after two successive defeats.
Yoan Gouffran – likely to stay at Newcastle this season
Rafa has talked about Yoan’s professionalism in both training and working his socks off for the team in the games – and Rafa will be pleased if he stays.
This is what Rafa has said about the 30 year-old Frenchman to the local press:
“We knew that maybe he could be in the market this year,” “And we have had one or two offers, but he was not pleased with them.”
“He has been training well and I think he likes the way we work.”
“If he does not get any fantastic offers that he feels he has to take because he is 30 years old, then he is a player who can give us a lot of things.”
“It will not be a problem if he stays. He is a good professional, and he is happy here.”
Yoan was thought to be surplus to requirements this summer, but he is exactly what the team needs in the English second division – especially when we play those tough games on the road.
Yoan works hard and follows directions well and it seems he likes working for Rafa Benitez who respects him as a good professional.
Yoan can do a job for us this season, as unlikely as that seems – and Rafa and Yoan both seem to know that.
We’ll be happy enough to see Yoan stay and then he will become a free agent next summer and with a good season under his belt he should get some good offers coming in.
What do you think?