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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

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #81

    Just a fan

    No. I don’t think a single comment on a niche blog is equivalent to following and repeatedly engaging with them on social media, boosting their exposure due to the way the algorithms work. I see them trending and don’t even bother to find out their latest hustle. Anybody mentions them to me in person and I immediately interrupt and say “not interested!”.

  • R.I.P Magpie

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #82

    Oh shite, I got caught in the hall by the hall monitor Jib.

    On another note if Almiron plays this weekend his first game will be at Wembley.

    Players around the world all want to play at Wembley.

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #83

    he needs work permit before he can train won’t be this weekend

  • hellodjo

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #84

    Has anyone considered this transfer could be a precursor to Atlanta owner Arthur blank buying us in the summer? The fact the money is borrowed against next summers TV money shows Ashley hasn’t invested a penny and perhaps the transfer was given the go ahead from our owner to be come the end of the season?

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #85

    Two jobs for you
    Improve your Geography knowledge
    Get rid of the Ozzie magpie

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #86

    Almiron is a definite upgrade on Perez. What you notice at the games as opposed to on TV is how much Perez looks busy doing nothing.
    He jogs between opponents without ever actually making a challenge. He fills space rather than getting stuck in. When tackled he goes down and looks like he’ll ever play again, before getting up and carrying on.
    One goal every seven games simply isn’t good enough for a No10.
    We play Spurs next. Perez now MUST up his game considerably if he wants any chance of retaining his place. This will either make or break Perez because until now he’s had no competition to push him on.
    Almiron is a No10 and I can’t see Rafa playing him wide just to accommodate Perez. With Rondon’s ability to hold the ball up, Almiron’s pace will enable him to link up and push past him.
    We could’ve done better in the market by buying another couple of players, but we have enough now to keep us up. If Rondon does get injured, Muto is a No9 and can fill in until his return. It’s not ideal, but we’re better equipped now to hit on the counter with Almiron’s pace.
    What really matters now is Rafa getting assurances written in blood that the club’s money will be used to improve the playing squad every window. Ashley can keep his own wallpaper, as long as we can spend the Sky and prize money on what it’s designed for.
    A long way to go before anybody will be appeased. One swallow – or swift in Almiron’s case – does not a summer make. Clearly Ashley realises now he needs Rafa more than Rafa needs him – time for Rafa, to turn the screw.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #87


    1) He’s finally spent big money (for us) on a couple of players Rafa wanted. And yes, I know he’s still breaking even on inbounds vs outbounds, that’s a different point
    2) He’s taken out a loan to give greater liquidity to the club – a standard business practice which he’s not taken advantage of previously, preferring to saddle us with debt to himself.
    3) By doing both of the above, he’s finally backed our manager (to an extent), something he’s failed to do in the past two years

    These are marked behaviour changes. Sufficient to trust him in the future? Nope. Enough for Rafa to sign a one year extension? I think so.

    Or, as I said, is someone else holding the reigns? I’m not the only one considering it’s a possibility.

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #88

    from BBC

    Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley looks set to buy Sofa.com after a rival suitor dropped out.

    Furniture retailer ScS said on Friday it was no longer in talks about buying Sofa.com, put up for sale last month.

    Sky News reported that Mr Ashley had agreed a sale for a “nominal sum”, but there was no official confirmation.

    Mr Ashley, whose company owns House of Fraser (HoF) and has a 29.7% stake in Debenhams, was widely reported to be considering a Sofa.com bid.

  • Geordie-john

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #89

    It’s nice to see Rafa finally getting one of his targets over the line. It’s obviously the threat of Rafa not renewing his contract and the many of the Fantastic supporters uniting and threatening not to renew their season tickets. WELL DONE lads and of course lasses. Now we really are starting to resemble a Newcastle UNITED .
    Welcome to the new editions !!

  • Just a fan

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #90

    Hail work Ashley
    You have just exposed him to me.
    I thought he was dead lol

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #91

    Been watching the MLS Cup Final between Atlanta vs Portland, tbh Almiron hasn’t impressed much. He’s had a couple of nice touches but not much more than Perez has in a game. Tbf Stlanta haven’t passed him the ball much. He has hit a couple of wayward passes and only used his blistering pace once or twice. I think he will take a bit of time to settle in and maybe playing him along the wing until he adjusts to our league might not be a bad idea. On the wing he will have more time on the ball until he eases his way into the robust nature of the english game and is eventually played in his preferred number 10 role.

    Josef Martinez has been impressive in this game though.

  • geordiemark

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #92

    sofa.com wonder if Ashley needed a Barclays loan to pay for them then, wonder if all the season tickets have been sold and wonder if the trick on breaking the club record for a player to appease rafa to keep him in a job that the owner constantly lies through his back teeth about signing good quality players is going to get rafa to sign a contract

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #93

    Not exactly sure where the rule regarding training as opposed to playing lies. I can recall many times players have been given permission to train with clubs despite not being registered to play. After all, they’re only really keeping fit and there can’t be a law against that.
    Plenty of players, who have been in between clubs, have been given permission to train with other clubs. It’s not techniquely work and it could be easily classed as unpaid. I’m pretty sure Almiron is not going to laze around waiting for his work permit to come through and Rafa won’t allow him to anyway.
    Playing is one thing, training is just keeping fit. ( Although I’m sure we’d find a way of incorporating him into teamwork). At what point does keeping fit constitute work?
    I’m pretty sure a, good lawyer could find a way around this.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #94

    I also have to mention the show and atmosphere the Americans make in the MLS games. Flags waving all over the stadium, cheerleaders, cohesive chanting and clapping, smoke machines, the lot!

    Don’t think Almiron will be too impressed by St James’ and the EPL. The good thing is he won’t be fazed either.


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