Sebastien Haller Responds To Rumored Benitez Call

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?

Comments welcome

57 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Now that is definitely keeping your cards close too your chest, if he comes remind me to never play poker against him.

  • manxpie

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #2

    spoof from last not if he isn’t getting interest he’s been injured alot over the last 2 years
    and a signing on fee is nothing to a 5 year contract on more or the same as we are paying him
    sorry but loyalty is the rarest part of the game anymore so i’m being more cynical lol

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope he does come looks like a very promising playerthat knows where the goal is. Still only 22, tall, looks strong, but is he quick though? I think he’s quicker than Mitro but I have no idea tbh. Anyone seen this guy play?

  • manxpie

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #4

    jp i havent but here’s the dennis wise view with sum nice drum n base

  • manxpie

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #5

    i’m very sceptical of players from the dutch league but his all round play looks very decent tbh

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Manxpie- thanks mate. He looks very decent tbf. A bit of a playmaker as well with some very clever touches to set his teammates up too. Definately faster than Mitro by looking at the video.

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Apart from the top 3or 4 teams the Eredivisie is probably equivalent to our league 1. There is some awful defending which makes goal scoring much easier. To be impressed with Dutch strikers for scoring a few over there can be a bid mistake. Look at Luuk de Jong for example.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Manx, why be sceptical of the Dutch league? There have been lots of really good players who have come from that league and become quality players in other leagues.

    There’s too many to list. Many are world class.

  • manxpie

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #9

    jp no worries, yeah they even showed a few howlers as usually they are their best bits but some of his touches and build up play looks very good aswell as his finishing

    as betty says the defending is shocking in that league so thats why i’m sceptical but if you look at their all round game i don’t think you can go to far wrong lets face it some of the best ever prem players came from that league

  • manxpie

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #10

    laurent have a look at my last post lol

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 22, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Ah, well answered. Good stuff. There’s so many world class players who have played in that league that it’d take a while to even write some of them.

    I really enjoy the Dutch league games and usually watch or record them on a Sunday.

    It’s like a glimpse into the talent on show and who will emerge as the next big players from there, and you get some regular good football with the bigger teams like Ajax, PSV, and Feyenoord.

    It’s a good watch I reckon.

  • manxpie

    Aug 22, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #12

    it is laurent but you have got to admit players scoring 30 + goals aren’t always what they seem thats why i said its important to look at their all round game
    de jong for instance tears that league up but for us it was like he had never had a shot on goal in his life with his pea rollers

  • manxpie

    Aug 22, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #13

    infact i’d say its like an elite training ground for said teams
    the gulf was massive getting less now but still really poor for most teams in that league

  • lesh

    Aug 22, 2016 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Haller’s response was far from ambiguous.

  • dazza

    Aug 22, 2016 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #15

    The next Stephen Ngog?

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 22, 2016 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #16

    And with those magical words ‘Stephen Ngog’ the blog is brought to a close for the evening. Night all!

    *pulls down shutters*

  • Blofal

    Aug 22, 2016 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Well if the phone call had never happened then I suspect he would have said so. That he referred to it as “awkward” confirms the reports that we are after him.

    I really know nothing about the guy though. I’m guessing that Mitrovic is our holding striker when required and Gayle and Haller will be competing directly.

    If Haller comes in then Armstrong will be straight out on loan.

  • Blofal

    Aug 22, 2016 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m concerned that almost every goal was a penalty..

  • ToonMauritius

    Aug 22, 2016 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Good morning Friends
    What the latest nufc transfer news?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 22, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #20

    It’s good to know that the scums will definitely be in for another relegation fight. This time round there will be no nufc to give them the 6 points which have saved them for relegation for so long.

    Remember to say hello to them while they pass us on their way to championship at their expense.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 22, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #21
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 22, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #22

    I’m hoping they just stay up so we can dish a bit out next year. Nothing against Palace the club but so hoping that Townsend drops down a division for footballing reasons.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #23

    i will be pleased when the windows closed at least then we will know what we can expect
    lets hope we get the players we need and press on to the prem

  • martoon

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #24

    Ilovetoon aye I thought they would struggle once Big Sam left. It could be the icing on the cake!

  • hibbitt

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #25

    i have a feeling the 3 northeast teams being in the Prem together is a massive irritant to the rest of the football world

  • geordiemark

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #26

    no more French players haven’t we not learned our lesson yet, there might be one or two good players but god look at sissoko look what hes said and also brought the club into disrepute

    british players german maybe Italian yes but the frogs bugger them

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #27

    I don’t think it’s anything to do with their nationalities. Despite what Dirk Llambias told us about getting the players with the right character to mask our inactivity in the transfer market, the players bought were players who had deliberately ran down their contracts or went on strike to get a move, how anybody with a brain could not see this would cause future problems is beyond me.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #29

    Old news Jibberish, please do better.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #30

    I agree players in the Dutch league can be very deprive the same goes for many other leagues as they get more time on the ball and space. A consistent goal scorer in the German or Italian league however is something to look closely at as it’s haRd to score against their well drilled defences. I’ve always said the German league in particular is closest to the premier league. A mobile powerful accurate target man should be the aim but easier said than done especially in this league. The left winger is still very much needed despite a late renesance of gouffran, squad player at best he should not be starting but happy he’s doing better and offering more, he’s been a scapegoat too many times.

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #31

    Except for Lascelles I think there will be a completely different line up tommorrow for Cheltenham Town in the cup.
    Rafa should treat this as a bonus preseason game to bring fringe players up to speed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #32

    Dutch league strikers are hit and miss but the list of quality is endless, Ibrahimovic, Suarez, Nistleroy

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #33

    I think my line up would be very similar to that, except I’d make Shelvey play and put a shift in.

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #34

    I was actually going to post – Shelvey for Colback if we are leading at halftime !

  • martoon

    Aug 22, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #35

    Jib @31 – Decent ‘2nd’ team lineup – only question is will Saivet & Armstrong still be here by Tuesday?

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #36

    Rafa has said Armstrong stays until he signs another striker.
    I’m not sure Saivet is out of Rafa’s plans yet .

  • Tsunki

    Aug 22, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #38

    Spoof – noted your pious muttering after my comment about Ketsy, thanks but I’ll say my piece on it without being censured by your self-righteous authority. And no it didn’t look like everyone got over it and played nice. it’s a blog of opinion and apart from that not political at all so cram it where you like, or just ignore it.

  • Mag52

    Aug 22, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #39

    Sad to see Andy Carroll is out again with an injury.
    That should end recent posts for him to be brought back to SJP.
    Good player when fit but too much of a risk.

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Just read Moyes is Ellis Short’s 8th manager !


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