When we all thought Issac Hayden would be leaving Newcastle maybe he will, in fact, stay – if Rafa stays.
That’s what some of his comments suggest in his interview today in the Chronicle.
Since we thought the player was on his way this would be some coup for Rafa and Newcastle if somehow we get the former Arsenal youngster to stay on Tyneside.
And both parties also have to work out his family situation with a solution.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Isaac Hayden – will they both stay at Newcastle?
This is what Isaac has told the Chronicle this morning:
“It’s the same as always. We will see what happens in the summer but I have had plenty of talks with the clubs in the last couple of weeks.
“The signs have been very positive. I’ll see what happens.”
“I think it’s (Rafa) a big situation for everyone.” “I don’t think the club will do anything without the manager’s say so.”
“Especially if he stays.”
“He has been very receptive and honest with me and I can’t thank him enough for the season I’ve had.” “He has been understanding of the situation.”
“It was emotional (his standing ovation on Saturday). It was one of those things that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
“When I signed three years ago I could never have imagined a reception like that if I left.” “It’s credit to them, they have stuck by me and by the team.”
“They can see the rewards and performances we’ve put in.” “Hopefully, now the club can push on.”
“It was a fantastic way to sign off for the season. We had the fans travelling in their droves, I think it was almost 5,000 or so.”
“To get a 4-0 win in front of them was something special.”
“We knew before the game we had to put in a performance, not just because we are professional but we knew we could move up a place.”
“Bournemouth lost so we put ourselves up a position.”
“As professionals, you want to finish as high as possible. It means more for the club than the players but at the end of the day you are professional and you do your best.”
“I think it was called off. I wasn’t too privy to it as I had already booked my holidays a couple of months ago.”
“I think a few of the lads were going to go on it (The Las Vegas trip Ashley mentioned last November) but it was cancelled.”
“To be fair Mike Ashley came into the dressing room, shook everybody’s hand and said thanks for the season, we said thanks back.”
“He (Ashley) is making an effort and trying to do the right things.”
“He (Ashley) has been very receptive and honest with me and I can’t thank him enough for the season I’ve had. He has been understanding of the situation.”
Seems like Ashley was trying to mend some fences in the dressing room on Sunday afternoon.
We assume Hayden will be offered a new and improved deal to stay in the northeast.