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Summer Target Stays At French Club But Remains On The Fringe



After a summer of speculation for Lille midfielder Thiago Maia, the Brazilian has remained with Lille despite receiving numerous lifelines elsewhere. There were reports late in the English transfer window that Newcastle were close to an agreement for the 22-year-old.

It was claimed that it was up to Thiago to chose between joining Genoa or Newcastle. However, nothing happened on either front. In late August, Sampdoria jumped in the fray for the midfielder as well. Thiago has decided to remain at Lille.

There is a report in La Voix Du Nord that says that Maia did not want to leave the Ligue 1 club because it had qualified for Champions League football.

Lille manager Christophe Gaultier, who was once linked as an Alan Pardew replacement, has managed to get Lille into the Champions League by finishing second last season. That was despite taking over a struggling side halfway through the season before when they just survived relegation to finish 17th.

The fact that Lille are now in the Champions League seems to have influenced Thiago Maia’s decision to remain at the club. However, it has not changed the fact that Gaultier just does not rate the midfielder.

After starting only 11 games in Ligue 1 last season, Maia has played just 44 minutes for Lille this season. He may get his Champions League football, but he’ll most likely be watching it from the sidelines.


213 comments so far

  • toon22

    Sep 4, 2019 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #41

    Munster Mag

    Sep 4, 2019 at 11:40 PM
    Comment #33

    Literally spent 3 years knocking Rafa

    Loves a guy whos the 2nd worst manager in prem history

    Hiya

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  • carltoon

    Sep 4, 2019 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #42

    Well they might, I don’t really know if they can stop you wearing a jumper, it’s worth a try mind it wouldn’t go down well in the Platinum club.

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  • toon22

    Sep 4, 2019 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #43

    You arnt even knocking the guy when he replicates the exact same tactics your hated last year

    Funny that isnt it

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  • toon22

    Sep 4, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #44

    The fact is people are just sick of the whole thing
    We will see a decline in the crowd, yes he will give away tickets
    But we have seen what that does to clubs eventually

    In the end it will be over for him, its inevitable.
    There isnt ever going to be a happy outcome from here

    What the protesters want is to see that happen while theres still something left of the club
    The pro Jabba brigade want to make sure he has squeezed every penny from us first

    They literally want to end the club, but somehow want us to believe they are supporters

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 4, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #45

    Hiya Toon

    MACB

    Hi

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 4, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #46

    Definitely worth a thought this jumper thing if Genj reads this maybe he can take it to a meeting!

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  • toon22

    Sep 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #47

    So every time you see the utter twaddle passed off as an actual opinion of a toon supporter who seems to be backing Jabba
    They are in fact helping the guy end our club
    Helping him keep the fans in a stupor while he takes the kitchen sink
    All in the name of helping another company and his own person greed

    There is no words the PR can type here that will change reality

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #48

    We need parliament to rid ourselves of the parasite
    He is blight on football itself

    Its not just us he is harming now is it

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #49

    Nufc-83

    Ive read enough posts from your self to know that you fall into the group of

    “pro jabba”

    Hence your helping him end our, and other teams , future

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #50

    Its not going to end well, it never was with Jabba
    He is a horrible creature who surrounds himself with similar types

    He only understands horrible

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  • one fine day

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #51

    So summing up ed’s latest thoughts..
    We should all troop along, fill the stadium and do as we always have done..turn up and try to create an atmosphere.?
    the fans got behind rafa and did that .
    wor flags did that.
    Rafa repaired the damage in thae gap between a club totally a drift from its fanbase but Ashley and co soon got that balance back
    Its been done for 12 years , other than the odd protest .
    Staying away was never about keeping revenue off him in the big scheme of things..we know gates are now a small piece of your impressive pie chart Ed.
    It is about creating awareness worldwide and embarrassing him, letting the business world know every week how toxic this guy is.
    So lets just do what we have always done ,hows that worked out for us Ed so far ?

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  • carltoon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #52

    83 yes I can definitely remember it happening a few years ago. A few rows of people with orange tops on, it’s something to do with product placement. Get Genjikai on to it.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #53

    ,,83 it would have to be a block of fans that the cameras can pick up.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #54

    Shelvey and Ki are good players, and excellent cover, but neither gets in ahead of Hayden and Longstaff in a midfield two. Both Hayden and Longstaff are equally good when we have the ball and don’t, they compliment each other, and they both another level in them, particularly Longstaff, who basically does everything well.

    Shelvey and Ki will play their part, but Hayden and Longstaff are our central midfield starters.

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  • The Wife

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #55

    toon22 – I guess we just have to hope that karma gets MA before he completely sucks NUFC dry.

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  • carltoon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #56

    Nicky when Longstaff was playing terrible Shelvey should have been brought on at half time. That’s all I’m saying. Otherwise Hayden and Longstaff are the ones

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #57

    The Wife

    Yer he’s a horrible guy 🙁

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #58

    Toon 22, your parliament? Ha, what us non brits and brits laugh at, is going to sort Michael and rid a north eastern club that hasnt won anything since the 60’s of him. Son, you need to wake up and live in the real world. The last time michael faced a govt committee he charmed their trousers off. We need a wealthy buyer with 4mill . End of. And by the way, I think he will spend solidly next summer too.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #59

    The horror of Ashley is endless seasons of EPL mediocrity, but let’s not get carried away, he isn’t going to destroy the club.

    However, we’ll never challenge for silverware. It is quite dreadful, but we will essentially remain an EPL entity, with a large, even if somewhat diminished fan base, that occasionally gets relegated, but bounces back.

    We’re solvent, that’s his back stop.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #60

    Nite mags fans (thats us Froggie, by the way).

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #61

    Carlton, Longstaff was off the pace a little in possession first half v Watford, but came good second half. Very rare to sub a player first half unless he’s having a real shocker or looking at getting himself sent off, particularly a good young player like Longstaff who needs the minutes to get back up to speed.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #62

    Nicky thats how most of football would see us. Thats why guys like bobby rant, fairly. We rightly aspire to bobby and kev but we have also been big jack, willie mc faul and jim smith. Never fear, genj’s generation are going to fix the world. He practically warned us about this.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 5, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #63

    Carltoon, I should say, apologies.

    True enough Munster, and none of that excuses Ashley, who quite rightly is deeply disliked.

    I admire Genjikai for what he is doing though. He’s off his arse trying to rid the club of a rotten owner, I believe. Can’t criticize that.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 5, 2019 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #64

    Have to say, I’m a little surprised by Ed’s earlier article. The remarks that the dwindling crowd and atmosphere will effectthe playrs and management most is not really fair at all.

    The people who are boycotting amd refusing to go should mot be blamed for causing poorer displays on field. Just as those attemding shouldn’t be blamed for keepimg Ashley here or said to be tacitly supporting him.

    The revenue lost may not be huge, and the reality is that quite a few Prem clubs would love to have 40k in the stadium. But it is the idea behind why fans are staying away that is what is being put forward. This will continue to be highlighted, particularly by some of the more sympathetic journalists out there.

    If we can find a way to have those that are still going to the ground involved in a form of action within the stadium – the jumpers/t shirts is one way – then we can put even further focis on the issue and potentially promote a competitor.

    Working both avenues, boycotts/stay aways and match goers, will show even greater dissatisfaction, and highlight things even further. Wear a JD Sports bag, leave it pulled down pver the seat when you leave, enoughdo it, then photos and footage would be caught before they are removed, and repeated on SSN for at least a few days after.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 5, 2019 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #65

    As for Longstaff, he was poor on Saturday. He hasn’t had a good start to the season really, a few moments, but his use of the ball has not been at the level seen last year, or in the u23’s. I’m not certain Shelvey fits the current set up, we would need to alter it slightly.

    The 532 didn’t work at Norwich, but shouldn’t be written off immediately. 532, or a 352 potentially, are really the only formations that suits the squad whilst accomodating Shelvey.
    Hayden would have to play deeper, alongside Ki and Shelvey playing slightly forward of them to create chances higher up the pitch, rather than launching the long pass. Muto or Atsu, on current performances, to play up with Joelinton.

    Liverpool would not be the game to try it, so for me, we need to go for the same at Pool, unless Muto comes in for Almiron.

    We really could have done with Diame staying as he was really the best as backup for a pairing of Hayden and Longstaff. Well, Diame, or splashing some cash on a suitable replacement.

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  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2019 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #66

    Genjikai

    The,wearing of high viz bibs with the letters ‘JD’ being prominent might even interest JD Sports to the extent they might even supply them FoC. If anybody’s questioned, the answer could be along the lines of a pa\’s birthday or for a fund raising event or the like.

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  • NY Mag

    Sep 5, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #67

    LG,

    Just curious, if Diame had stayed – who would you leave out of the current squad to accommodate him?

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #68

    Munster

    Got 3 words in , didn’t bother with the rest
    You fall into the category

    “Pro Jabba”

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  • NY Mag

    Sep 5, 2019 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #69

    toon22,

    “Pro jabba”

    That almost sounds like some kind of really important Latin phrase….maybe you’ll be labeled as a world famous philosopher in years to come 🙂

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #70

    Jd sports said no.

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #71

    Already been contacted and they said no.

    2
  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #72

    Jail for Ashley
    Sep 4, 2019 at 10:10 PM
    Comment #7
    I don’t know, I’m not a scouting team

    You’re not wrong there bonny lad

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  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #73

    There must be some competitor of Ashley that would play ball
    The kit sponsor is Puma
    How about Nike’s tick
    All over the place

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  • Jib

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #74

    Plus four guys with huge N I K E on their t-shirts
    Make sure it’s not lesh OP genji & tsunki though
    they’d probably spell our E N K I

    😀

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #75

    Hiya toon22

    MACB

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #76

    Genj you could get the jumpers made for peanuts in China. Would costs less than a pound imo if there’s enough. Hand them out to supporters as they go in. It’s by far the best idea I have heard off and I truly believe Fatman would sell quickly if JD sports were getting more advertising than SD.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #77

    Jib

    You could just lie and say you did it

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #78

    Munster

    How old are you?

    You claim to remember Mckeag and others and to have followed the toon years back, 70s 80s the way you talk.

    It sounds like you’re in your 70s with a 12 year old son.

    Asking for a friend.

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  • Genjikai

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #79

    Nufc
    Yep then get sued off jd.
    But im no business man and dont know standard business practices.

    1
  • Genjikai

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #80

    Job
    Funny you mention Enki we could do with the return of Enki to destroy ashley.
    Bring the Anunnaki gods with him to reign hell on ashley.

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