News this week is that Isaac Hayden still wants to leave Newcastle for a club in the south so he can be nearer to his girlfriend and their baby.
Stoke And Aston Villa were interested in him, but they are not in the south where Isaac would prefer to be located.
Isaac Hayden – in training – still wants to leave Newcastle
This is what Isaac has said about leaving the club last month – as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“The club know my stance,” “I spoke to them at the start of the summer. I spoke to the manager, I spoke to the club.”
“I let them know about the situation. I just hope that they can find a solution to help me with my situation.”
“If not, I’m a professional, so I’m going to do my job, but they know my stance. It’s not changed.”
The Gazette today reports that Benitez believes Hayden can represent England, but Rafa has told the player he will not be leaving Newcastle.
This is what Rafa said about Hayden’s situation yesterday:
“Nobody’s in limbo at the moment. The senior players who are in the team or in the squad, they cannot go, and that’s it.”
“They have to keep on working hard, which they’re doing already, and they know. “
“There are all these links, but no chance.”
“I have been talking to him (Hayden), and I will try to help as much as I can, but he has to stay, and he has to fight for his position,”
“He’s an important player for us. I’ve had this conversation with him before, maybe one month ago or even more, and we decided that he’ll stay.”
““Is he OK with that? No, not really. “
“At the moment, he’s still thinking that ‘for me and my family, it will be better to go,’”
“But we’re professionals, and we have to do what we have to do at the moment and facilitate the situation as much as we can.”
Rafa is in somewhat of a similar situation with his family in Liverpool, although that’s closer than the south-west where Hayden’s young family are said to be located.
And Hayden could be struggling for playing time and didn’t make the bench last week against Spurs.
Ki Sung-yueng seems to be ahead of him in the pecking order for a central midfield position.
The England U21 International has played 64 times for Newcastle with 3 goals since signing on from Arsenal two years ago.
What do you think?