We’ve looked through our records and as far as we can tell Newcastle have never been linked with German left-back Diego Contento,until L’Equipe reported in early January that both Newcastle and Sunderland were interested in the player, who is of Italian descent.
The player was born in Munich and joined his home town club back in 1995 and eventually left in the summer of 2014 when he joined French club Bordeaux on a four year deal.
The contract has just less then 18 months to run and the German U20 International shows no sign that he wants to sign a new deal at the French club.
26 year-old left-back Diego Contento training at Bordeaux
Diego played 69 times for the Bayern Munich first team and has played 76 times for Bordeaux.
We are interested in this story because Rafa Benitez is almost certain to bring in a left-back this summer to challenge local lad Paul Dummett for the first team position with Massadio Haidara almost certain to move on.
Perhaps Haidara could be used in a part exchange deal for Contento, but we don’t know if this link with Newcastle has any truth to it.
With less than 18 months to go on his contract he could be a reasonable buy for Newcastle, but until now Rafa has shown more confidence in British players, since they are used to the English game and are much less of a risk.
That has been proved this season with players like Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Ciaran Clark and Daryl Murphy, who were all signed by Newcastle last summer and Jonjo Shelvey was signed 14 months ago.
We have some doubts about Rafa’s interest in Contento, but it will be interesting to see the players Rafa does go after this summer, always assuming we are promoted back to the Premier League.
It’s been good for Rafa so far to sign British players and mainly English players who can produce immediately for us – like Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark and Isaac Hayden have done this season.
Certainly when signing English players the club has a better idea of what’s it’s getting and more chance the players can produce quicker than the foreign players brought in, who need to adjust to the English game.
What do you think?