We have been looking at some of the news we have not reported over the weekend, and it’s good news that it now seems possible that Mo Diame will get a new deal from Rafa this summer.
Mo Diame has been a revelation this year, and he has now played 31 times with two goals, and one assist this season, and he has been a regular starter for the team since late last year.
In fact, Rafa has used two of our most experienced Premier League players – Jonjo Shelvey and Mo in the central midfield during our tremendous revival this year.
Mo Diame – in action against Arsenal
Mo’s three-year deal will run out next summer, and he deserves new contract to stay on at Newcastle for the next few years – hopefully with Rafa as the manager.
Rafa was asked in the Chronicle if he would give Mo a new deal and this is what the gaffer said:
“Players, you have to understand that they have sometimes some momentum and you have to see the whole picture.”
“It’s not just, ‘Oh, now he’s doing well and he deserves this’.”
“But he is someone who can talk English, French and he can talk Spanish, so then he can talk with a Spanish player, with a French player, with the English players.”
“And he’s very good with all of them because he’s a very good character.”
“We had a visitor the other day, Gregory Vignal, who is a former Liverpool player and he played with Diame in France. He is now working for Rangers.”
“When he saw Mo, he remembered him as a midfielder so we were talking about that and he said, ‘He has strong legs, he has the power’ and it’s true.”
“He is playing there and he is using his power to make the difference.”
“Last year when he was playing a little bit higher in the Championship, he was fine because he could score some goals and he could do well.”
“But he’s not a proper number 10.”
“In the middle when you have the power and you have Jonjo Shelvey close to you, you find the balance.”
So Rafa is not giving much away there about whether he will offer Diame a new contract but surely he deserves one?
What do you think?