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Player Praises Newcastle And Rafa For The Past Two Seasons

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.

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #1


    Mischief? Moi?

  • jazzyp

    Jun 9, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2


    Hehe what you…. Never mate

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 9, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #3

    What’s that I hear. Someone mentioning the words “Done deal” 😳

  • jazzyp

    Jun 9, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #4


    It has come from the blog pest mate so make into it what you will.

    Today’s rumour…Markus rashford on a season long loan ????

  • jazzyp

    Jun 9, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #5

    #NUFC are reportedly lining up a loan bid for Marcus Rashford as #MUFC ponder over his future. https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-news-transfers-live

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 9, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #6


    Thought Rashford was a done deal mate 😆

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 9, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Enter Mitro.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #9


    Did you get it from your source in Spain

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 9, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Mexico U21 v England U21 (kick-off 17:30 BST)

  • Jib

    Jun 9, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #11

    What was Lesh’s bit of news ?
    Oh yeah
    Ashley is overweight and a bit of a dick

    Well done Lesh
    A boring tosspot ?
    You’re REALLY interesting


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2018 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Bit of a blog killer that Jiblets!

  • simon376

    Jun 9, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Does anybody or Bobby I know will have the score for the England kids?

  • Toonfan8

    Jun 9, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Mitro hattrick, for me He is very good striker, If He will be starter next season, I would be happy. Also Radhford, them two will be lethal.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 9, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Enter Armstrong with 10 mins to go.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 9, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m not watching the game so not really able to comment, but if he’s been touted as best player of the tournament why’s he only getting ten minutes. Was he not really good during the tournament that won the cup but never made the final of the U19/18’s?

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 9, 2018 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #18

    I respect his opinion but think Bobby exaggerates Armstrong’s ability. Maybe a late bloomer but besides one really good season we don’t see much really.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 9, 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #19

    I just tuned in for the final, Jail. Bobby could tell you more.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 9, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Yedlin on the bench tonight.

  • simon376

    Jun 9, 2018 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Can see they won 2-1 breaking on sky, does anyone know who scored?

  • Mag52

    Jun 9, 2018 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #22


  • Mag52

    Jun 9, 2018 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Good luck Sadio in your future career.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Wow, if players like Bertrand are going to be way too expensive for us then we are fcuked.

  • jane

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #25

    goals from Serbia 5 Bolivia 1 including Mitrovic hattrick – goals 4 and 5 aren’t bad!


  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Why would we waste that much of our budget on a full back.

    I’m all for rafa being allowed to spend but I’d prioritise left wing, number 10, 2 strikers, defensive midfielder, then right back, then look at cover for left back, centre back, playmaker and keeper.
    I genuinely think rafa will aim to do that as I think that’s a thorough strengthening of the first xi and squad, giving 22 players able to compete without making us weaker.

    I expect to see a lot still leave to help fund that.

    From the looks of it the youth will also be overhauled.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Also at no point would I have seen Bertrand as being a viable option for us.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Adam came on as Mexico were pressing strongly for an equaliser and England were concentrating more on denying them, he therefore didn’t contribute much to the game.

    Have to admit that Aidy Boothroyd got his tactics about right as they did win.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Looking forward to El-Mhani’s parting words, actually no I’m not but it might make another interesting thread headline. 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Don’t know if anybody saw it but Mitro has a hattrick today!

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #31

    ‘The team have the quality’ said Haidara….

    Ashley will love to hear that from a player. Bishop’s words?

  • Mag52

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #32


    There’ll be a few full back diamonds in the lower divisions. It’s up to our scouts to discover them.

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2018 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #33


    What are you talking about @11. Reply when you can, when you’re sober. I’ll not hold my breath in the meantime!

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 9, 2018 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Why Man U want to discuss the loan of Rashford before the World Cup? Makes no sense to me. Imagine he has a fantastic tournament yet they have already agreed to loan him to us. That would just look like a massive c*ck-up on their behalf.

    If they really are prepared to send him out on loan it would be after the World Cup. From what I have seen, there’s every chance he will keep Sterling out of the team and they’re likely to get a better loan fee after the WC.

  • chicousa

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Congratulations to Mitro on his hat trick earlier today. Still hoping Rafa keeps him, but regardless the more the big Serbian scores the higher his price climbs! My thinking is he is now worth 25M £ minimum…

  • chicousa

    Jun 9, 2018 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Getting Rashford, on loan, with or without option or obligation to buy, by hook or by crook is a huge Freaking YES from this humble fan! Can’t imagine a more perfect player to lead our line next season!

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 9, 2018 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Rashford on loan would be a massive signing. In theory, it would be a great deal for all parties. He would benefit from more game time in his best position and the expert coaching of Rafa, a run of games can only enhance his reputation and therefore value so his club would be happy and if he could bring his A game, our fans would be delighted.

    not sure what kind of wages he’s on, if massive then we can’t afford him.

    Would Rafa trust him to slot into the team? Are he and Perez too similar? Questions I’m not qualified to answer, but what a buzz it would create.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 9, 2018 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Why on earth would ManU want to loan out Rashford, he’s an established 1st teamer.

  • Sherlock

    Jun 9, 2018 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #39

    With goals like tonight and more in the world cup what price for mitro? Reckon bidding should start at 30million. Young and future ahead of him should be worth at least that.

  • chicousa

    Jun 9, 2018 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Too good to be true (Rashford) most likely! Unless you’ve been busy with your Runes again?!!! 😀


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