Newcastle Interested In Talented Spanish U21 Central Midfielder

Spanish outlet El Confidencial is reporting that Newcastle have sent scouts regularly this season to watch Real Betis youngster Fabian Ruiz.

Ruiz has played for the Spanish U21 side, and while he usually plays in central midfield, he can also play on the right wing.

The current figure in the release clause of his contract at Betis is £13M, but Real want to renegotiate the current deal so they can put a higher release figure in the new contract.

Not surprisingly his agent doesn’t want to negotiate a new deal, because he can earn money now if the 6ft 2ins Ruiz is sold at £13M, with his current contract having over two years to run.

21 year-old Fabian Ruiz – Real Betis central midfielder

Ruiz, however, is attracting a lot of interest from some big clubs including Barcelona, Arsenal, and Chelsea, as well as Newcastle.

He has played 17 games with two goals and two assists this season, and he has been in excellent form.

He was on loan to Elche CF last season and played 18 games for them, and at Real Betis, he has played a total of  41 times for Betis.

Newcastle may find it difficult to raise the £13M to try to buy him this month – and by the summer if his club are successful he will have a new contract with a much higher release figure in it.

It’s a good chance for some club to move in now and trigger the £13M release clause and buy him this month.

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  • Veltman

    Jan 25, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Mariano Diaz even.

  • Slank

    Jan 25, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s almost ours as he is Spanish. Cash should be no problem.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 25, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #3


    Can you explain to everybody on the blog why you follow Nufc?

    You slate all the tactics nearly all the managers and quite a few of the players and you rarely watch the games.

    Are you sure your a fan of Nufc, I think you’re just a fan of moaning!

  • hibbit

    Jan 25, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #4

    another none starter every day more bullshit !!!

  • lochinvar

    Jan 25, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Ruiz is everyone’s new target.
    David Moyes is flying out to see his next game so add West Ham to the list.

  • AncientC

    Jan 25, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Is Ruiz ready to go straight into the starting line up, because that is paramount right now. Priorities…

  • lochinvar

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #7

    So according to the previous article Ashley doesn’t understand the football business?
    Let’s see.
    He’s an ex sportsman.
    He owns a massive chain of sports retail that made his business on the back of replica football kits.
    His major suppliers include Adidas and Nike
    He’s tried to buy Rangers FC – the clue there is in the Football Club abbreviation.
    He’s had 10 years to think about it.

    Nah – not having that excuse

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #8


    I don’t understand Chinese but eat a shit load of it.

  • hibbit

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #9

    more from the ashley bullshit team

    Mike Ashley PR people push out 3 Newcastle United tales – Do you believe?

    Mike Ashley is desperate to see out January – just look at these 3 Newcastle United tales his PR people have pushed out through the media.

    mike ashley
    1 hour ago by Ryan Williamson
    It isn’t quite as obvious as Mike Ashley turning up on your TV with his latest joke of an interview on Sky Sports.

    However, in their own way, it is even more telling when the club’s owner has his PR people spread mischief by putting the message out via briefing the media.

    Mike Ashley has put out three big messages since the Newcastle Takeover saga was put to bed, for the time being.

    That in itself was a total joke as Ashley ruthlessly used the media to try and tell the world that Amanda Staveley and the bid she was leading had been a ‘complete waste of time’.

    Whilst you would struggle anyway to find a Newcastle fan who believed Ashley’s side of things in the takeover debate, there is surely no doubt as to his neglect and risk-taking in the running of NUFC once again.

    Rafa Benitez stated in December that he wanted all signings to be completed by 15 January and at the very latest by 20 January, the Newcastle boss then later revealing that Mike Ashley had told him back in December that there was definitely no takeover happening.

    Despite that, nothing at all happened by the time Rafa Benitez’ 20 January deadline has passed.

    Then as if by magic…we have had three big angles put out by the Mike Ashley PR machine, the media slavishly repeating what they have been briefed on by the NUFC owner’s representatives.

    These three tales that have been put out in the media in the past few days/week are:

    ‘Newcastle United will beat their transfer record in January.’

    ‘Rafa Benitez is set to agree a new extended contract at Newcastle and talks have already started.’

    ‘Mike Ashley is backing Rafa Benitez with whatever transfer money it takes to stay up.’

    These aren’t a coincidence, there is a concerted effort by Ashley to put out a message that he is doing everything he can now to do things right.

    Do we/you believe it though?

    Well, as with everything else Mike Ashley promises, both Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle fans have learnt to believe it when they see it.

    Newcastle United to beat their transfer record?

    The story was leaked to the press that Newcastle were going to pay £20m for a mystery striker, the name kept under wraps so other clubs didn’t swoop and interfere with NUFC’s coup.

    It then transpires that rather than a £20m striker signing breaking Newcastle’s 13 year old transfer record at last, United had actually offered just £12m for Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen who THEY value at £20m. Easy to get these things confused….

    Rafa Benitez to sign a new extended contract?

    This all seemed very strange considering Newcastle are in the middle of a relegation battle and having been let down so often, including in this current transfer window, why would Rafa be rushing to tie himself to Mike Ashley for even longer?

    Nevertheless, the media put Ashley’s story out, even claiming that talks had already started. The clear impression for me being of trying to make out that Rafa was interested in signing a new deal and that by insinuation, he is happy about how things are going behind the scenes at Newcastle United.

    However, when this subject cropped up at a press conference, Rafa Benitez was quick to kill it, saying no talks had happened and the only thing he is concentrating on, is fighting relegation.

    Mike Ashley backing Rafa Benitez with whatever transfer cash it takes to keep the club up?

    The last two transfer windows Mike Ashley had totally undermined Rafa Benitez and not backed him.

    In the current one, we are 25 days in and nobody has been bought by Newcastle.

    No wonder that in December, Rafa said he needed all signings made ideally by 15 January and at the very latest by 20 January, basically calling out Ashley yet again – saying surely he had to back him this time.

    Whilst the press have been happy to repeat this Ashley PR line in recent days, of ‘whatever cash it takes’, none of them have bothered explaining why anything has suddenly changed,

    Geordie Valentine’s Day –
    The first three weeks of January (and in December) it was obvious Newcastle had to buy some better players, why would Mike Ashley belatedly agree now that any money could be spent?

    In this time results have actually been far better than anybody could have expected, leaving aside the two Manchester City matches, Newcastle in their last four games have beaten two other relegation strugglers and drawn against the other two.

    Newcastle may be only one point above the relegation zone now, but compared to before we played West Ham on 23 December (after picking up only one point from the last 27), this is a pretty decent position considering.

    Newcastle back then were screaming out for players to be bought and now it is really desperate – but not as bad as back then.

    Can you honestly see any player being bought in by next Wednesday night before the window closes?

    If I’m honest, I reckon there is more chance of Newcastle/Mike Ashley making a profit in this January transfer window, as there is of breaking the 13 year old Michael Owen transfer record.

    As for Rafa Benitez agreeing to tie himself down to Mike Ashley for longer, that is surely an even bigger laugh.

    Rafa is just about holding the club together single-handedly and Mike Ashley is abusing that, taking for granted that the manager isn’t going to call enough is enough and walk away, which no Newcastle fan would blame him for doing.

    I can guarantee you that when we reach February, the NUFC transfer record will still be intact, Rafa will not have agreed to extend his contract, and the manager will not have been backed with whatever transfer funds were necessary to avoid relegation.

    Only when Mike Ashley has gone, is there any possibility of Newcastle United not being a joke club anymore.

  • hibbit

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #10

    that’s from the mag by the way

  • Tsunki

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #11

    A link would have been ok hibbit 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Munster has a point (cradles chin with hand, glances skyward in pensive mood) why IS Mitrovic so poorly rate by Benitez with such a fantastic scoring and playing reliability record? Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Catchy has a point (switches to cradling chin with other hand, glances skyward in pensive mood) why DOES Benitez rate this Jorgensen goon who we don’t know for definite we have tried to buy or are actually after or that hadn’t played for us in any case yet?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13


    ” As usual some on here can’t be allowed to criticise rafa, or even ask the question. Well I will.”
    – – – – – – –

    Wow, what a surprise. Like one of those ”I don’t mean to be rude” but then you are!!!

    I don’t think anyone, no, not anyone, has ever said Rafa was beyond criticism. Hell, the man has even admitted he’s made mistakes. It’s this endless myth you perpetuate as if to say ”how brave am I to dare put him down”, to the point of making people long for death. You are without doubt the most painfully repetitive boring windbag I’ve ever heard rattle on and on and on. You may even have the occasional valid point, but jeez you’re just so utterly BORING.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #14–~C/YXBwaWQ9c3JjaGRkO2g9NTY0O3E9ODA7dz03MDA-/

    Catchy……… I’ve never commented on your anti Rafa stance, as I believe if you genuinely don’t like his brand of football and some of his decisions and tactics , then you have every right to air your views. However it’s looking increasingly likely that we will sign Jorgensen and I really think the lad deserves a chance to show us what he can do before he is condemned as the wrong choice.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #15


    yes it’s really frustrating these people who peddle fake news isn’t it.

  • hibbit

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Tsunki sorry

    i just couldn’t get the link to work i did try

  • hibbit

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda heights
    still having ago if that’s how you want it OK

  • DaveD1000

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #18

    after 10 years of saying nowt we suddenly have frank “chance”conversations of how poor old Mike doesnt understand.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Ah the mclaren champion chimes in.

    The race is surely on between him and munster for the ”how many things can we moan about in 2018” award.

    Always cheerful, upbeat , uplifting sort of guys who light up a place the minute they walk in the room with their boundless charm and unlimited charisma.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20


    what makes you think that was for you.

  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #21

    It is so pig ignorant to post verbatim
    a huge swathe of comment from a rival blog

  • hibbit

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22

    possibly because it had my name on it !!

    Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #15

    yes it’s really frustrating these people who peddle fake news isn’t it.

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Afternoon all.

    As it stands newcastle under Ashleys leadership will never do anything apart from being a yo-yo team. All these rumours of this one and that one been bought are all bull more of the same crap that we have been putting up for for years. Why do I put up with this well I’m a newcastle fan bleed black and white love nothing better than a pint on a Saturday/Sunday morning/ afternoon a bit craic with the lads then up to the match to sing my heart out for the lads.
    I will always be a newcastle fan but Ashley will not always be a newcastle owner the sooner he is not the better for the club until that day arrives I will still support the club I love.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #24

    “Football was alone in that; having spent £50M on players say, an owner will then be told – ‘Well, that hasn’t worked, we need another £50M.’”

    I thought it was common place for things to run over budget, especially in the construction industry.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Catchy ………… The other thing that occurred to me was that maybe you’re not too keen on Jorgensen because he’s Danish.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:20 PM
    Comment #21
    It is so pig ignorant to post verbatim
    a huge swathe of comment from a rival blog


  • chicousa

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #27

    NUFC current management’s transfer strategy manual

    Incomming Transfers
    1. Find out the current market value of target player.
    2. Offer his club 60% of that price.
    3. After being rejected, patiently wait 48 hours and up the offer to 61%
    4. Repeat a few times, then give up saying prices just too damn high!

    Outgoing Transfers
    1. Find out the current market value of player you wish to sell.
    2. Inflate the price and ask for 150% of current value.
    3. After being scoffed at by prospective buyers, lower your asking price by 1%.
    4. Repeat cycle a few times.

    After window closes
    Release statement about how insane the current football market is and say the team will make significant investments in the next window!

  • Our Toon

    Jan 25, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Catchy has just reiterated what I would say quite a lot think in regards to Jorgensen, if he joins I’m sure we will all give him a chance but I can’t see him being a success. The league arguably closest to ours in terms of physicality is the German league. Jorgensen played 15 games and scored 0 goals with 1 assist.

    Went back to Denmark with his tail between his legs, did a decent job and has excelled last season in Holland.

    Let’s see if we get him first, as I said earlier he reminds me alot of Andreas Cornelius who Cardiff spent good money on.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #29

    He should do it without calling ppl happy clappers though

  • Belfast

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #30

    I would rather pay the ridiculous wages / loan fee for a Sturridge or Batshit for six months myself. I’d stay well away from that Dutch league. Knowing our luck he’ll be a complete dud. No thanks!

  • Belfast

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Aye Luke De Jong was the same our Toon.
    He went there and done nowt. He’s now a goal machine in Holland again.

  • twotonearmy

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Do we play West Brom in our remaining fixtures? Sell them Mitro and we’re bound to finally get a penalty when he plays against us.

  • twotonearmy

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #33


    The sad thing is that we had success with that tactic once or twice and now we seem to think we can outsmart everyone by doing it every time.

    It’s all gambling, thats how our team is run.

  • chicousa

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Sadly that is true. We are not likely to see much joy in a transfer window until Ashley and Co are well and truly gone!

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #35

    The idea that Mike Ashley still doesn’t “understand” the business of football after nearly 11 years as owner is ludicrous. The man is using this as an excuse for his pathetic behavior over that time. He understands clearly how football works. He thought he could come in, buy young players and sell them on for a huge profit and in several cases he has succeeded. But that isn’t running a football club, it’s playing the same game he plays with Sports Direct. Nobody believes this Mike. You’re a big boy now and lies should be treated as lies.

  • Thunder and lightning

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Rafa sign a player who could be a laughing stock never.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #37

    And now I see he’s running down Amanda Staveley and her company because she won’t offer him what he wants. Another pathetic excuse from a childish personality. The club isn’t worth 350M or even 300M Ashley because you’ve nearly destroyed it. The squad is pitiful. That’s why we are where we are in the standings.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #38

    This will just continue on and on unless he finally sells. He can’t deal with his own incompetence or the state he has put the club in. When I look back over the pile of clowns he has had both managing and running the club it’s unbelievable that he imagined he would end up in anything but this exact state. The miracle is that we ended up coming straight back up after two relegations because we had 2 decent men (Hoots and Rafa) in charge at the time and because of the incredible behavior of the supporters. Note that the only time Ashley went after decent football managers was when his incompetence had gotten us relegated. And the clowns he has hired on the management side aren’t even worth discussing yet again.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #39

    I find it strange as well that we are not buying the links of Slimani and Sturridge with their recent track record in the PL!

    …you just know you have bargain on your hands…as with Joselu!

  • lochinvar

    Jan 25, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Maybe some movement on the keeper front ? Ronnie reporting some activity here as well.
    Some interesting claims on the goalkeeper front this afternoon, as it has emerged that Martin Dubravka was left out of Sparta Prague’s squad for their game today – just days after talks were believed to have taken place between the Czech champions and NUFC.
    Now, this could be a pure coincidence, however he is not believed to be injured and has been their number one all season, with 7 clean sheets and just 12 goals conceded in 15 games.


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