Change In Transfer Plans For Newcastle


The news this morning on talkSPORT is that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has changed his mind and doesn’t want his 20 year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek leave the club on loan this month  and instead he will try to give him games at Chelsea.

It may have been due to Loftus-Cheek’s performance on Sunday afternoon  in the 4-1 win over Peterborough that changed Conte’s mind and he now wants him as part of the first team squad at Stamford Bridge.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – staying at Chelsea

Conte has also recalled another young star – Nathan Ake – from his loan spell at Bournemouth after the 21 year-old has been playing really well out on loan in the Premier League.

This is what Conte has told talkSPORT this morning:

“Ruben is an important player for Chelsea.” “He must know this.”  “We trust a lot on him.”  “For this reason it’s important to work a lot and to take satisfaction with our team.”

“No, No. Absolutely he’s not leaving. I don’t want this. For Ruben I don’t want this.”

“He knows this and the club knows this.”  “I want him to stay because he’s ready to play for the first team.”

“If he shows me he wants to play, he knows that he plays.”

Those are encouraging words from Conte for his young star and good man-management.

The other central midfielders Newcastle have been interested in are Everton’s James McCarthy and Tom Cleverley along with Fabian Delph of Manchester City – all experienced Premier League players.

We were recently linked with Tom Cairney of Fulham, but there seems little chance of getting him from Craven Cottage with manager Slavisa Jokanovic adamant he is going nowhere this month.

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3 comments so far

  • Australian Pie

    Jan 10, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Let’s face it no one besides those directly involved know who we are chasing. Assumptions are being made and from the summer we all know that no one knew who was coming in until it was basically finalised. Expect the same this window

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #2

    All this talk about Rafa and his belated “Plan B” . It’s as if we’ve been luxuriating in managers who had them. 🙂

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  • sholasupporter

    Jan 10, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Either Posada is right and the instructions are to play a 442 with one striker playing a withdrawn role or we are trying to play 4231 and the No10 position just isn’t good enough to find the positions they should be.
    When we are in possession the CDM rarely seems to have a forward pass to play.

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