Newcastle Announce Their Retained List – Only One Real Surprise

Newcastle United today announced their retained list and it was as expected, although Yoan Gouffran has not (yet) been released and the 31 year-old is in the process of negotiating a new potential contract with the club.

If the negotiations are successful then Yoan will stay on at the club he’s been at since January, 2013 when he signed on from Bordeaux.

But as expected Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Lubo Satka and Haris Vuckic have all been released after their contacts run out at the end of the month and they will become free agents.

Yoan Gouffran – negotiating new deal with Newcastle

Florian Thauvin has completed a permanent move to Marseille following a season long loan spell there and the fee is estimated to be around £10M.

This is some of the Newcastle United announcement on their web-site:

Youngsters Jamie Holmes, Stefan Broccoli and Ben Smith will also depart, along with Academy players Gideon Adu-Peprah and Daniel Lowther.

Meanwhile, the club has offered new professional contracts to midfielders Sean Longstaff, Dan Ward and Jack Hunter, goalkeeper Paul Woolston, defender Michael Newberry and forwards Tom Heardman and Luke Charman.

Scholars Yannick Aziakonou, Owen Bailey, Owen Gallacher, Nathan Harker, Mackenzie Heaney, Ben Kitchen, Oliver Long, Lewis McNall, Callum Smith, Craig Spooner have also been offered new deals.

Joining the Academy on two-year scholarships are Max Allen, Ryan Barrett, Thomas Cole, Sam Joyce, Deese Kasinga Madia and Jack Young.

The club has opened discussions with Yoan Gouffran’s representatives, which may see the Frenchman extend his stay at St. James’ Park.

This is what manager Rafa Benitez has said:

“I wish to give sincere thanks to all those players from the first team and at under-23 level who we have made the difficult decision to release this summer.”

“In particular to Vurnon Anita, who has served Newcastle United magnificently over the last five years.”

“Vurnon is an outstanding team-player, always working for the team and willing to step into whatever position he was needed to fill.”

“He is an excellent professional and I thank him for every contribution he has made over the years, particularly in my time as manager.”

“Yoan Gouffran has been an equally committed and dedicated team-player for this club, as well as a hugely popular member of the squad.”

“I can confirm we are in early stage discussions now with Yoan’s agent to see if there might be a solution that could work for both the player and the club.”

“That may see Yoan extend his service to Newcastle United, but we will know more in the coming days.”

“Thanks also to Sammy Ameobi, who came back in January and made a contribution to the second half of the season.”

“He was always so positive and did everything he could to help the team achieve success.”

“To all those players released by the club today, we wish to thank you for your loyalty and commitment and wish you the very best for your future in football. I say to them all, keep working hard and you will find the success that you seek and deserve.”

Good words there from the manager.

The one surprise is that the club is still in negotiations with Yoan Gouffran on a potential new deal and the word in the local pores was that the Frenchman would be released.

And we remain surprised that Vurnon Anita did not receive a new deal from the club, after signing on for about £6.5M from Ajax five years ago and playing well for the team since Rafa arrived at the club 15 months ago.

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