The Mirror recently reported that Chelsea will offer £30M to get Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles to Chelsea this summer.
But Rafa will turn that offer down because Jamaal is more than just a good player for Newcastle.
Jamaal is a leader on and off the field and is Rafa’s right-hand man as an interface to the players.
Even in training Rafa has given Jamaal permission to make sure all players are giving 100% – all the time.
Manager and captain talk during the game at Stoke City
So you could say that Rafa sees Lascelles as his new Steven Gerrard, but he also praises Lascelles.
At the same time, Chelsea need to replace John Terry with a player who has the exact attributes that Jamaal has.
So it’s not really surprising that Chelsea want Jamaal.
It would take a lot more than £30M to replace Jamaal at Newcastle, and Rafa knows it, and he wouldn’t sell any player before he has a replacement signed.
And we’ve already seen that when Jamaal is not in the side, we are not as organized and seem to be missing something.
It’s good that Jamaal is getting the recognition he deserves for his excellent defending.
But as Chelsea realize there is more to Jamaal than just being a very good player.
And Jamaal has his feet firmly on the ground and will not get carried away by a club like Chelsea trying to sign him.
Rafa wants to bring the good times back to Newcastle, and if only we had an owner who would give him some money to spend, we could do that sooner rather than later.
Jamaal was captain of Newcastle two years ago at the ripe young age of 22 and when you are a leader – age has little to do with that.
Jamaal is a crucial player in Rafa’s ongoing “project” at Newcastle.
What do you think?