Just in case Newcastle fans thought there may be a (another) last minute hitch in his move to China, Newcastle United have confirmed that Cheick Tiote has left the club for China League One club Beijing Enterprises and good wishes go with him for at least a good two years in China.
Cheick played 156 times for Newcastle over six and a half years with that one fabulous goal against Arsenal in the famous 4-4 draw.
Cheick Tiote – after scoring that one and only goal for Newcastle
This is what Newcastle put out on their web-site about Cheick finally leaving:
“The club can now confirm that Cheick Tiote has joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises for an undisclosed fee.”
“The deal was formally completed on Thursday morning, bringing an end to the Ivorian midfielder’s six-and-a-half-year Newcastle career.”
“Arriving from FC Twente in August 2010, Tiote made 156 appearances for the Magpies.”
“He scored only one goal, but it was a memorable one – the spectacular equalizer in the famous 4-4 comeback against Arsenal in February 2011.”
“Tiote leaves with the club’s best wishes for the future.”
Cheick was great for us in the first couple of years, but then something happened and he was never the same player again, although Rafa Benitez has lauded him since he arrived for training hard and being such a good professional.
Getting Cheick’s wages of about £55K/week off the wage bill will help the recruitment in the summer, although his contract would have run out at that time in any case.
The news in the local press is we got around £1M for him so FC Twente are not due to get any of the fee from their sell-on clause in his contract, since we made no profit on him.
Newcastle paid out £3.5M for him in August, 2010 from FC Twente.