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Class Player Delivers Some Good News For Rafa Benitez

Ki Sung-yueng returned injured from the Asian Cup.

The hamstring injury is said to be only slight and he could be ready to play in about a week.

But Ki has also decided to retire from International football at the age of  30 which he reached just over a week ago.

He was the South Korean captain for three years through the World Cup in Russia last year and talked about possibly retiring after that competition.

He played 110 times for his country with 10 goals.

He signed a two-year contract Newcastle last summer and before he left for the World Cup in late December he was in good form for Newcastle.

Ki Sung-yueng has retired from International football.

He will now want to concentrate on his club career and hope to get a contract extension may be in the summer if he continues to star for Newcastle.

This is what Ki has said:

“I’m going to lay down the huge honor and big responsibility of being part of the national team,”

“The 2019 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup was my last appearance to represent Korea.”

“Throughout my career, it was more valuable than anything.”

“I want to express my deep gratitude to the fans, who have supported me over the years.”

“I hope for the best for the Korean football team – but now I’d like to focus on Newcastle United.”

Rafa will be pleased with this news as he became one of the manager’s most trusted players by the end of last year.

Ki is a class act.

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94 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #41


    Pick on another poster? That’s rich coming from you, one whose arrogance and lack of common decency beggars belief

    You have the temerity to question anyone’s football knowledge? I have never claimed to be expert however, I wonder it’s never occured to you that different writers have different linguistic styles? I would have thought you might have seen the wisdom of editing to offer style consistency, giving the impression ‘your’ comments are actually yours.

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #42

    It’s a phrase I use about posters who
    only can see a price tag – whose
    knowledge of footy is based on
    the EA game FIFA manager.
    I wasn’t saying you are one – just
    your comment leaned that way

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #43

    OK aye whatever
    yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Mag52

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #44


    Thanks for the clarification.

  • geordie157

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #45

    I think content is the word i’d use for this transfer window. Rafa finally got the signing he wanted, Barreca is a decent addition although he has flopped at Monaco he did look good at Torino and is probably similiar to Santon (bit of an assumption based on the one game i’ve seen him play).

    Moved out a few on loan, hopefully Sterry, Yarney but maybe more importantly Sorensen, Murphy and Roberts really impress out on loan. Think the latter three still have a future at the club, not sure on other two. Also good to see Gibson back and out on loan, so fingers crossed for him.

    Good luck to Aarons and Lazaar.

    The big worry for me is Rondon, very simple if he gets injured we could be fu**ed. Not saying he’s the answer but signing Giuseppe Rossi until the summer would surely give us at least a bit of cover there and even with his injury record an upgrade on Joselu, plus i can’t see him wanting ridiculous wages.

  • hibbit

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #46
  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #47

    Micky you going to watch Muto
    at Zayed today ?

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #48

    AFC Asian cup final Japan vs Qatar
    in just over 3 hours

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #49

    Another positive of Almiron is that playing for Atlanta he played for one of the best supported clubs in the MLS. Their average attendance is similar to ours, though I imagine not the same pressured environment (Rafa has helped mitigate this part of the crowds temperament over time thankfully) – so chance of stage fright lessened by his experience.

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #50

    He also played for Lanus in Buenos Aires province
    Estadio Lanus 47,000. I do believe Argentine fans
    have been known to make a noise.

  • neverwin

    Feb 1, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #51

    Does anyone know if the Matt Ritchie rumours were true.
    I would not like to see him leave.
    Yes there are more skilful players but every team needs a player like him – heart passion and never giving up.

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #52

    Jib, no mate, it’s over 3 hours away for me, and I’m getting a little hicky burpy at a brunch….

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #53




    He really has an agenda with Rafa! What a fkn twat Keys is! Unbelievable.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #54

    I’m actually as pleased with the Barecca signing as with Almiron. Rafa has adapted his team for using 3 CBs this season, which apart from the odd failure (Fulham at home) has given us flexibility going forward while maintaining defensive shape.

    There were two areas of weakness – one was in the transition from defence to attack, which Perez has handled but could do better and Almiron is hopefully the player to make that improvement. The other was in the specialist left wing back role.

    Ritchie and Kenedy were both square pegs in a round hole there. Neither can defend adequately and Ritchie doesn’t have the pace to bomb forward in support of an attack. Kenedy’s form has been horrible.

    Manquillo has done reasonably well but is right footed, so not a natural fit. I’ve been pleased with him, however, he has not let us down.

    Dummett is better suited the left of a defensive three than the left of a defensive 5, given his instinct is generally to defend rather than attack, even if he is a good crosser of the ball.

    Barreca is the ideal player for us – an attack minded pacey defender with a good left foot. He could potentially be the player who not only shores up the left side but also frees up space for the attackers by driving forward.

    So, as I said last night, I’m pleased with who we bought, but do think we could have strengthened elsewhere also. Granted, it is difficult to bring in the right quality in January and the last thing we needed was more squad filler players on long term contracts.

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #55

    Canny 25 this:-


  • RobLeenio

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #56

    JP from the Rick, if you look at the original twitter post for that comment, he’s getting pelters from all sorts – not just NUFC fans


    Attention seeking knob-end

  • Harley

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #57

    Pick up points

    I can’t agree with Alan Smith or other pundits. I’m pleased we got Almiron and Barecca but we should’ve had those players in the summer. We’re still short of quality up front so I can only say this is a moderately satisfactory window.
    The pundits think we should be cartwheeling in the streets as we’ve broke our transfer record but the bottom line is we are at zero net spend for the season. And last season too I think. It’s not good enough even with a record signing.

  • Just a fan

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #58

    I’m jib
    Sorry made a mistake
    I’m Spartacus

  • TomaKaThor

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #59

    Wasn’t Lukkaku apparently 2 stone overweight? If so maybe we learned our lesson not to sign people on a 6month loans who will barely play.

  • Harley

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #60


    I’d agree with you if we’d upgraded Josalu and Murphy.

    It’s not beyond the realms of possibilities to think we could have added Batsuayi and limbombe yesterday.

  • Tinman

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #61

    Darlow out. Only need 2 keepers imo.
    Manquillo out. Rather have a youngster as back up.
    Hayden out. He wants away.
    Diame out. Over the hill now.
    Kenedy out. Consistently inconsistent.
    Atsu out. No end product.
    Perez out. Sick of him rolling around.
    Joselu out. No comment.

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #62

    Murphy’s not there he’s at WBA
    7/10 must pay more attention

  • c-dog

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #63

    We have performed better without ki & shelvey

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #64

    were really shite against the PL champs
    on Tuesday night

    Oh hang on

  • Harley

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #65

    Jib no I know he’s gone but that’s what I meant, we didn’t replace him.


  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #66

    Palace and Chelsea are splitting Michy Batshuayi’s
    wages between them £80K per week EACH
    He can fcuk off for me

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #67

    JP @53

    I read that bud… Absolutely shocking, unfortunately this man Keyes (who is represented as a blip in the evolutionary chain at best imo) has a platform to deride the Newcastle faithful as he has always done and given that we have Rafa in charge is the ‘perfecr storm for Keyes.

    I would have 2 points to make to counter what he said:

    1) The side Pochetino inherited had far superior players than Rafa inherited.

    2) out of the 165 m Pochetino has spent, how much of that was from selling your best players? Basically the 135m Benitez spent was from player sales.

    I would suggest that as a fanbase we don’t give that idiot the platform he craves!!!

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #68

    Aye OK
    It’s me that gets the 7/10
    for not reading your post properly

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #69

    As far as Keys goes follow this rule of thumb… Never get into an argument with an idiot, they will reduce you to their level and beat you with experience!!!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #70

    Lascelles- I doubt we have made anything near £135m in sales and if so Rafa has been lucky to see £30m of that to spend on players.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #71

    It boggles my mind that people continually rise to the bait of scumbags like Keys. Starve him of the oxygen that sustains his public profile.Same with the phone hacker of dead children’s parents. They’re beneath contempt and their splutterings are motivated by nothing other than seeking outrage to keep their careers going. Every time they say something and succeed in attracting attention they sit back and laugh their heads off at the idiots taking their position seriously enough to actually try and reason with them.

    Why do so many find it so difficult to ignore?

  • geordie157

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #72

    Have to say i think Hayden, Manquillo, Perez and Atsu get some unfair stick at times. Yes not great players but decent squad players for now

    If Ashley pulls his finger out and gets some players in then we can move them on.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #73

    Hail- I think it is because by keeping quiet and not biting to his ridiculous comments to a neutral it seems as if he’s made a valid point and we can’t find an answer. I get what you saying and we agould just ignore the fool but it’s so hard sometimes, it does grt to you as he tries his best to convince others he’s right.

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #74

    Arda Turan, currently on loan at Istanbul Basaksehir from Barcelona,
    is facing up to 12 years in prison for allegedly trying to steal a pop star’s girl,
    getting into a fight, and firing a gun in a hospital

  • R.I.P Magpie

    Feb 1, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #75

    Well, we have needed a number ten and left back for years so it’s good we finally got them.

    I have a feeling this may relax Kenedy a little having another South American in the team.

    Both have some serious pace so it may become a partnership that heeds great results, fingers crossed.

    For me our best signing happened Dec 3rd when Sean signed a four year deal.

    As for Keys, the guy is a tool that’s get off on people giving him shite, he probably goes to a dominatrix to get his rocks off. Maybe she or he is on vacation so he needs something to keep him going before there return.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #76

    On what evidence do you think that MA has ”completely” changed in the last couple of weeks???
    Is it the same type of evidence that ‘proved’ he completely changed by bringing in a world class manager.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #77

    Ashley is protecting his asset by adding players (like he attempted before when we bought Shelvey, Townsend, Saivet and loaned Doumbia in Jan ’16) and consequently strengthening Rafa’s commitment to at least the end of the season.

    I don’t think the money used, this apparent loan from Barclays, is in any way linked to a takeover. Probably just a forwarding of a chunk of this season’s projected profits from the summer budget.

  • Just a fan

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #78

    Hail work Ashley
    Haven’t you just given him what you told us not to give him lol

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #79


    The Japan v Qatar game is on here
    (Vietnamese commentary)

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #80

    R.I.P Magpie
    I have a feeling this may relax Kenedy a little having another South American in the team.

    Fernandez – Argentina

    Rondon – Venezuela


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