FC Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller has been interviewed by Fox Sports and he was told there were rumors in the press that Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez had talked with him over the phone about coming to the Tyneside club.
He responded, but it’s hard to read anything into what he says – which isn’t too much substance – and that’s Haller probably being very smart.
FC Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller
The 22 year-old Utrecht striker has been linked with Monaco and Sporting Lisbon as well as Newcastle and lots of other clubs expressed an interest in him earlier this year, including Tottenham.
This is what Haller said on Fox Sports when told about the rumored telephone call with Rafa Benitez:
“That’s going around on Twitter and Instagram, huh?” “That makes it awkward.”
“If you believe everything, I’d have already been at FC Barcelona.” “But I feel good at Utrecht.” “I do not have to leave.”
“It’s a bit annoying though. I concentrate on the matches with Utrecht and my own jobs.”
“I feel really good and I want to help the team like I did last season.”
Haller has scored 24 goals in 42 games for Utrecht last season, and from January of last year he also scored 11 goals in 17 games while on loan at Utrecht.
As far as we read the interview he said nothing definitive to deny Rafa may have already talked with him – and if he had then it could be awkward for him.
Of course we are also completely biased because we want him to sign for Newcastle.
What do you think?