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Newcastle Announce Their Retained List – Only One Real Surprise

Newcastle United today announced their retained list and it was as expected, although Yoan Gouffran has not (yet) been released and the 31 year-old is in the process of negotiating a new potential contract with the club.

If the negotiations are successful then Yoan will stay on at the club he’s been at since January, 2013 when he signed on from Bordeaux.

But as expected Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Lubo Satka and Haris Vuckic have all been released after their contacts run out at the end of the month and they will become free agents.

Yoan Gouffran – negotiating new deal with Newcastle

Florian Thauvin has completed a permanent move to Marseille following a season long loan spell there and the fee is estimated to be around £10M.

This is some of the Newcastle United announcement on their web-site:

Youngsters Jamie Holmes, Stefan Broccoli and Ben Smith will also depart, along with Academy players Gideon Adu-Peprah and Daniel Lowther.

Meanwhile, the club has offered new professional contracts to midfielders Sean Longstaff, Dan Ward and Jack Hunter, goalkeeper Paul Woolston, defender Michael Newberry and forwards Tom Heardman and Luke Charman.

Scholars Yannick Aziakonou, Owen Bailey, Owen Gallacher, Nathan Harker, Mackenzie Heaney, Ben Kitchen, Oliver Long, Lewis McNall, Callum Smith, Craig Spooner have also been offered new deals.

Joining the Academy on two-year scholarships are Max Allen, Ryan Barrett, Thomas Cole, Sam Joyce, Deese Kasinga Madia and Jack Young.

The club has opened discussions with Yoan Gouffran’s representatives, which may see the Frenchman extend his stay at St. James’ Park.

This is what manager Rafa Benitez has said:

“I wish to give sincere thanks to all those players from the first team and at under-23 level who we have made the difficult decision to release this summer.”

“In particular to Vurnon Anita, who has served Newcastle United magnificently over the last five years.”

“Vurnon is an outstanding team-player, always working for the team and willing to step into whatever position he was needed to fill.”

“He is an excellent professional and I thank him for every contribution he has made over the years, particularly in my time as manager.”

“Yoan Gouffran has been an equally committed and dedicated team-player for this club, as well as a hugely popular member of the squad.”

“I can confirm we are in early stage discussions now with Yoan’s agent to see if there might be a solution that could work for both the player and the club.”

“That may see Yoan extend his service to Newcastle United, but we will know more in the coming days.”

“Thanks also to Sammy Ameobi, who came back in January and made a contribution to the second half of the season.”

“He was always so positive and did everything he could to help the team achieve success.”

“To all those players released by the club today, we wish to thank you for your loyalty and commitment and wish you the very best for your future in football. I say to them all, keep working hard and you will find the success that you seek and deserve.”

Good words there from the manager.

The one surprise is that the club is still in negotiations with Yoan Gouffran on a potential new deal and the word in the local pores was that the Frenchman would be released.

And we remain surprised that Vurnon Anita did not receive a new deal from the club, after signing on for about £6.5M from Ajax five years ago and playing well for the team since Rafa arrived at the club 15 months ago.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Prestonmag66

    Jun 9, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Must be hard having to tell players they are surplus to requirements but I’m sure Rafa did it with without asking to players to pass their mobiles over so he could speak to all concerned.

  • cyprus

    Jun 9, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Great words but sound a bit like a rejection letter: We were very impressed by your qualifications, you’re basically amazing. We’re sure you’ll do well wherever you work. Unfortunately that won’t be with us 😉

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 9, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Jun 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    What does it say about so called big clubs like Leeds and Sunlun, that Monk leaves Leeds, ignores Sunlun and signs for Boro?
    Oh how the mighty have fallen. Not my cup of tea, but Monk is viewed as a good up and coming manager by many people, yet he sees Boro as a better option than Leeds and the scum down the A1231. That has got to hurt, surely?
    Still, Pardew is still available!


  • G

    Jun 9, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #4

    I wonder if Vern has already agreed to join another club? Out of him and Gouf I would have kept Vern, although to be fair, both players probs deserve deals based on last season.


    Jun 9, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Tbf over the course of their NUFC careers neither deserve a new contract

  • toontaff2

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #6

    oh, we have no Ameobis,
    Oh, we have no Ameobis,
    Shola went, Sammy went, Bye, Bye, Bye. 😥

  • hibbit

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #7

    we had 3 at one stage don’t forget little Tomi

  • G

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Look at the coaching they had though, Pardew, Wally, etc. Under Rafa both have looked good.

  • AncientC

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #9

    I cannot see Gouffran staying. He will be a due a £2million signing on fee at another club, plus premium wages due to being on a free. Surely the club isn’t going to fork out that kind of money to keep him, nor offer him the length of a deal he would want.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 9, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m believing nothing until they’ve signed. Lots of potentially great signings. Gouffran did improve last season under rafa and if he’s just a squad player it doesn’t look great but it more depends who comes in as well. I don’t believe he would be first choice at all.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 9, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, when is your release list out? There’s a few names I’m hoping to see on that one. Can’t wait to see who follows Welshie out the blog trapdoor ha ha.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 9, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #12

    I wonder where Sammi will end up. Over 50 epl appearances and an England U21 International, who seems to have grown in maturity this term and a talented and interesting player for sure. The obvious destination would be a middling Championship club but he might attract the attention of a top tier European club where his skills might be better suited to the slower tempo and more technical approach. France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland. A mid level top flight continental club might take a punt. I’d really like to see him carve out a niche at a decent level. In many ways his career has been held back by being at Newcastle, where it’s really hard for young lads to break through. Ultimately not quite good enough for us, he hasn’t entirely fulfilled his potential, but not far off a very good player at a decent level and still only 25.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 9, 2017 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Sammy and the possibility of a top tier European club should never, under any circumstances whatsoever be used in the same sentence.



  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Still No signings in sight well well check again tomorrow after a bit sun .

  • Tsunki

    Jun 10, 2017 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #15

    ….and so international weekend lumbers over the sleepy hamlet of Blogton-by-the-pond like a fluffy grey cloud at dusk. Night night boys and girls….

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 10, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Just reading a summary about some of our ‘unwanted’ squad members on the ‘other’ blog.
    Can someone remind me…who was actually responsible for the signing of Rivière?? Can you believe he still has 3 years left on his contract?? He has to be up there with the all time cock ups.
    And much as I love Rafa.. Why did we sign Sels, Lazaar, and even Hanley on 5 year deals? 5 years??


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