The Chronicle are reporting today that Rafa has told wantaway Isaac Hayden there are no guarantees he can leave Newcastle this summer.
Isaac put in a transfer request last summer and wanted to leave the club to move south to be closer to his one-year-old daughter, Adriana, and his fiancée, Lauren, who live in the South West.
The Chronicle say that Isaac is still adamant he wants to leave, but he seemed to suggest he could stay in an interview yesterday, which we covered.
Isaac Hayden – let’s hope he can stay – but it will be difficult
Rafa has said this about Isaac Hayden – one of our star players since December:
“I have been talking to him,”
“I told him that, in the end, if you have a contract, you have to see what happens and think about what you would like to do, whether it’s this or that.”
“I understand that Isaac has his personal issues. That’s fine, but, at the same time, we have to find the balance which is good for him, but also for the club.”
“Remember that I signed him! I was impressed and was checking, watching more videos.”
“I spoke to a lot of people, then we signed him for a low fee. (£2.5M) I told him then he could be the holding midfielder for England.”
“When he was not playing (in the first half of the season), I was a bit disappointed, because I thought he could continue growing.
“In the second part of the season, he has shown he has the potential.”
“I will be the first one really pleased if I stay and he stays, but we have to find the solution for everyone.”
“He’s a person that obviously has his own issues with family that we know about.”
“But football’s not so simple, it’s not a normal job. There are a lot of things you have to analyze.”
“We will try to do the best for him – and the best for us.”
“I have a meeting this week, and then we will see.”
This is a problematic situation for Isaac (and for Newcastle) becasue it’s obvious Rafa and the fans are desperate for him to stay, but he also has a responsibility to his family.
Hopefully, Rafa and Newcastle can help find a solution for Hayden to stay at Newcastle on an improved long-term contract and somehow be able to see his daughter and fiance regularly.
Rafa, of course, has been around Europe in football management and has been away from his wife and two daughters for long periods since he left Liverpool as their manager back in 2010.