Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara has been released by Newcastle and will not get a new deal when his current Newcastle contract ends on June 30.
Haidara was a promising young French fullback when he arrived at Newcastle in January 2013, but he has had a tough time of it at the club because of injuries.
In the five and a half years he spent on Tyneside he played only 54 first team games.
And since Rafa joined the club over two years ago, he played only 5 times for the first team, and in the last three seasons, he made 13 first team appearances.
But Sadio seems to have no regrets about his time at Newcastle and hopes the club will continue to prosper under the leadership of Rafa Benitez.
Sadio Haidara – in action against Southampton in early 2015
This is what Sadio has said on the Newcastle website:
“It’s a big achievement to finish 10th – I think before the season started no one could see Newcastle in this position and being safe with five games to go.”
“To finish by winning 3-0 against a big team like Chelsea is a bonus for the club and for everyone, so that is nice.”
“It’s a positive season for everyone because we’ve finished higher than we thought before, and we’ve had some great games – against Manchester United here, against Chelsea, and even against Spurs at Wembley – I think we deserved something better.”
“We know we can have good games against the good teams.”
“The team have the quality, and that is a good sign for Newcastle. What the manager did since he came is paying off now.”
“I hope everything will go better and better at Newcastle every year, and whatever people are here I’m sure will give 100%.”
Even though Haidara was short of first team games, he was still a positive influence during training.
Being a free agent next month should help him hook up with a club, and he is said to be in talks with Ligue 2 club Lens.
We’re sure he will get a club in France shortly, and we wish the 25-year-old the best of luck for his future.