Benitez Likes Player Who Faces Uncertain Future On Tyneside

Cheick Tiote is having a very hard time of it trying to leave Newcastle, which he’s been trying to do for over two years now and in the summer transfer window he almost joined Galatasaray and Olympiacos, but those moves didn’t go through.

Benitez had said there was interest in the player from the United Arab Emirates earlier this month and this uncertainty could go on for some time year since the UAE transfer window doesn’t close until October 20th.


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Rafa Benitez and Cheick Tiote

Last January Cheick almost joined Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, but the move was said to have broken down because of Cheick’s high wage demands.

This is what Rafa Benitez has said about the 30 year-old Ivory Coast International:

“Cheick will not be involved in this game, but I am pleased with him.” “He knows this is still a time where we are waiting a little bit to see what happens.”

“He has been training well, but we haven’t thought about him for this game.”

“He will get a chance if nothing happens in the next few days and weeks – if nothing happens, we will have to do something with him because he is someone I like.”

“If we have some information that clubs are interested, we will analyse that.” “If not, he is a player that can give us experience.”

Rafa is not playing Tiote until his status becomes clear and it seems the best way is for Cheick to get fixed up away from Newcastle in the next month.

But if he cannot get a good deal, we suppose he could stay this season and become a free agent next summer and he should be able to get a very good deal at that time.

It seems like Rafa would be pleased to have him on board for the season if he cannot get fixed up elsewhere and he did play very well for Rafa at the end of last season.

What do you think?

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