Salomon Rondon has admitted he will likely be wearing the Newcastle number 9 shirt for the last time when he appears for Newcastle at Craven Cottage in our final game of the season on Sunday afternoon against relegated Fulham.
We’d like to think we can finish off the season with a win – for the fifth season in a row – but nothing is ever certain at Newcastle.
If we can win we’ll get to 45 points – one more point than last year, so that’s certainly worth playing for.
While Salomon is keen to stay on Tyneside owner Mike Ashley only thinks about money (since he knows nothing about football) and he will likely be unwilling to pay anywhere near the £16.5M and £20M for a player who turns 30 in September.
Salomon Rondon – says his goodbyes to Newcastle colleagues
The fact Salomon is playing the best football of his career and has scored 10 goals in the PL for the first time ever means little to the Billionaire – only money counts with Ashley.
This is what Salomon has said today as reported in the Chronicle:
“I hope we can find a solution for the future.” “But for now it’s just to carry on.”
“I want to do better for the team and focus on the positives.” “I just go out to help the team.”
“I have 11 goals this season and I’m happy.” “It’s the reason why Rafa Benitez brought me here.”
“It’s just so difficult to say something now.” “We don’t know what will happen with Rafa so we have to wait.”
“So as I have said from the first day, I go out to score goals and work hard for the team at Fulham.”
“I have been really happy here.” “I got nine goals last season so to beat that I am really proud because I worked really hard to get that.”
“Strikers like me need creators like Almiron and Ayoze Perez.” “We have done well against defenders.”
“I am really happy because I have worked hard.” I have helped the team this season.”
“I have to go to my national team – I will play in the Copa America – and we will see what happens.
“I always say, if I can’t stay, I have to say ‘thank you’ to everyone at the club.”
We hope we can sign Rondon in the summer but there is such a vacuum of information coming out of the club nobody knows what’s going on.
So nothing has changed there.
And Mike Ashley is being derelict in his duties as the owner of Newcastle United – there is work to be done here.