We were wondering if Isaac Hayden – having been a starter in the Newcastle side since December – has had any change of mind about wanting to leave the club to be closer to his girlfriend and baby in the south.
The answer is that nothing has changed, and Isaac will be leaving the club in the summer.
Given his excellent form, it will be interesting to see which clubs are interested in signing him this summer and how much the club can get for him in the transfer market.
We paid £2M for him from Arsenal in the summer of 2016, but he is a much better player now and keeping players like Jonjo Shelvey and Ki out of the Newcastle side.
And Mo Diame is also likely to leave if he rejects a one-year extension from Newcastle because he wants a two-year deal.
Isaac Hayden – will leave Newcastle this summer
And a third central midfielder could also depart with Jonjo Shelvey seemingly 5th choice now and unable to get a starting place.
The news in January was that Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham is willing to pay £20M for Shelvey in the summer.
It seems that Jonjo wants to stay at Newcastle so we’ll have to wait and see if Rafa wants to keep the talented English International on board.
This is what Isaac Hayden has said in yesterday’s program, and he talked about his young daughter Adriana:
“She’s a one-year-old who’s used to doing five-hour journeys.” “Most one-year-olds would be kicking and screaming not happy at all.”
“But she’s used to doing it.” “I’m sitting here looking at her thinking this isn’t fair on you anymore.”
“I think I’ve made it very clear to the club’s hierarchy and the fans.”
“I’ve got my side of the story out – I’ve made it pretty clear how things go.” “I don’t think there’ll be many questions.”
“I don’t think summer’s going to be an issue.” “It’s pretty well documented how I feel.”
“But it won’t change my mentality.”
“When I wasn’t playing and in the stands, it didn’t change my mentality of training hard and doing the correct things and it never will.”
“That won’t change, even if I didn’t play another game or kick another ball for Newcastle.”
“That’s just how I am.”
It will be a real pity to lose Hayden this summer – he’s really come on a lot over the last three years under the guidance of Rafa Benitez – and especially this season.
But it seems he’s made his mind up and it’s for family reasons.
You cannot blame the lad for that – he wants to be with his daughter while she’s growing up.