Newcastle were trying in the final week of the transfer window to get a deal completed for Sampdoria’s 23-year-old attacking midfielder Dennis Praet.
And while there were reports we had agreed to a £17.5M deal with Sampdoria for the player, it didn’t happen.
The news in late August was that Sampdoria didn’t have enough time to bring in a replacement and therefore wouldn’t do the deal.
But the former Anderlecht star player has voided that story saying he didn’t want to leave Sampdoria.
So much for the reports that he was keen to join Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.
Dennis Praet – didn’t want to leave Sampdoria last summer
Praet has been taking to Belgian newspaper Humo about the Magpies’ interest as reported in the Chronicle:
“I didn’t want to leave.” “I thought something would have changed here, I though the manager would have given me a new role.”
“I love this club and the President is a special person.”
“He has a great approach with footballers and that’s a huge difference compared to Anderlecht.”
“I know Sampdoria received some offers for me but I did’t even talk with any other club as there was no agreement between them.”
“I’ve never played in the Premier League but I’d be happy to go there one day.”
“I am grateful to Sampdoria and I want to replay their trust scoring goals and making assists.”
We had wondered if Rafa would try to get Praet in during the January transfer window but if we can’t do that then we think Dennis will still be a transfer target next summer.
What do you think?