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Former Lille Manager Reveals Botman Wanted Newcastle Move In January



Newcastle have yet to announce the signing of Sven Botman from Lille. The 22-year-old completed his move yesterday and even took to social media to give his farewells to the Lille faithful.

Botman is Eddie Howe’s third capture of the summer. He’ll link up with his new teammates when pre-season gets underway later this week. There is also a photograph of Eddie Howe returning to Newcastle from Southampton this morning.

The Chronicle has reached out to Botman’s former boss at Lille, Jocelyn Gourvennec. The 50-year-old replaced Christophe Galtier last summer but was let go earlier this month.

Gournennec has revealed some intriguing information about Newcastle’s January pursuit of Botman. He states the Dutchman was ‘disturbed’ at not being allowed to join in the winter. He also confirms Newcastle have captured the defender.

Here is what Sven’s former boss had to say:

“Sven was speaking with the president [Olivier Letang] and wanted to speak to me, too,” the former Lille boss told ChronicleLive. “I said to him, ‘If you have Newcastle now in January, you will have Newcastle in the summer. I think it’s better to stay here, to finish your job.’

“We had to prepare for the Champions League against Chelsea. He was a little bit disturbed because he didn’t know if he had to accept that in January, but he understood he could finish the job in Lille.

“It’s never easy to arrive at a club in January. To adapt is never ideal. He made a good choice to wait. Now I think it will be OK for him. He deserves it.

“It’s a good choice for him because he will discover the Premier League. He has all the qualities to perform in the Premier League – I have no doubt about that.

“He’s not a star at the moment but people and other players will discover him. You can’t be wrong if you made a choice to recruit Sven Botman.”

Reports that Sven didn’t fancy a move to St. James’ Park appears to have been drummed up by the Italian press. AC Milan were in hot pursuit but were unable to reach an agreement with Lille.

Botman has been keen on joining Newcastle for over six months. He has now gotten his move as he signed a five-year contract on Monday. All that remains is his unveiling, which should be worth the wait.

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197 comments so far

  • Romford mag

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    😛

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  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Nice one rom 😀

    2
  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Doesn’t sound like he was awaiting Milan’s call according to this quote…

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I wasn’t even trying 🙄

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Vask,
    I’ve just heard from a neighbour who got on, there’s very limited up in L7 and he had to have a child membership together to get two, I think the club have wasted a lot of people’s time this morning.

    2
  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Only 8871 in front of me now. Must be cos all of them are sold now.

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    We got him now , that’s all that counts 😉

    7
  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope you are correct and it can be built in Newcastle, but in my view sure is it WILL be built.

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  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Makes sense Jail.

    Ah well I probly couldn’t have afforded it anyway. I’ll try again next year. I’ll probably be richer then anyway.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Vask,
    Are they all gone now?

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  • Romford mag

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Neither was I ! 😉

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  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Well the queue seems to be depleting more rapidly now. So I imagine it’s cos people are getting on and finding limits are getting close.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Season ticket definitely wouldn’t work for me but I’m definitely up for picking a weekend game and coming up to Newcastle if someone can help me get hold of a ticket.

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  • onmeedsun

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail
    No easy way of selling these tickets given only 1k. Was always going to be a lottery. A mate of mine got one. Pleased for him as he had a pair of tickets for over 20 years but gave them up a few years ago when his wife became seriously ill.

    6
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    To be fair I didn’t have to sit here all morning I could have done a bit of work in the garden.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16

    FFS..I am 2950 in the queue now. That’s a huge jump up in the last few mins so I am guessing they are all snapped up

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    onmeedsun,
    It seems a bit random where they’ve been sold, maybe they were just getting rid of all the singles in between seats.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m still 5K sitc, my neighbour said he also got a choice of a single in the East stand for £820 so didn’t bother.

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  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Oh Al have that one. East stand’d Dee me. 🙂

    2
  • G

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    I would much prefer a new stadium based in the City Centre, but if capacity we require could not be reached I would be happy enough to compromise outside of the City, but no further than 8 miles from the Centre. We’re Newcastle United, not Cramlington, Hexham or Morpeth United?

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  • onmeedsun

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Hope we never move from SJP.
    I’m sure they can find a way to increase the capacity to 60k, which for me is perfect. Would always be sold out, which is important when you’re playing pointless CL matches. It’s going to get expensive following the toon and most fans have a financial ceiling. The city centre location makes SJP the envy of the PL. do not mess with it. If needed I’ll come up one dark night and sort out Leazes terrace! Only joking! Well only partly!

    15
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    I think there’ll be around 20K new members on Friday.

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Me n all, I wish he’d rang me.

    1
  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #24

    7 thoosand still in front of me though. I bet they’d sit in the east stand for 800 quid.

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #25

    onmeedsun,
    You’re right, it’s very fanciful to think we’d sell out dead rubber CL games on o cold November night.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #26

    2143 🙂

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #27

    4643,
    Fook it, I’m off to water me plants 😕

    0
  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #28

    G

    There would be enough land for it at the bottom of lemington where reeds cranes used to be. Pretty close to the watta as well, could look fancy. Could get a boat shuttle gannin from the quayside. Supporters rolling down the gangways into the 100000 seater (20000 safe standing) would reinvigorate the lemington economy too. 😀

    3
  • sing in the corner

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Think I’ll get offered a seat on the X1 bus going through the city centre at 3pm every home game..

    4
  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #30

    Quick Neil,. Get a new article up while hails wattaring his garden.

    3
  • Ian Toon

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #31

    Mund
    Have you heard any news of us being linked with
    Gianluca Scamacca.

    1
  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #32

    Sitc

    Brilliant!

    0
  • Tom

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #33

    number of people in queue ahead of us 433 .

    0
  • lochinvar

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #34

    Only Family tickets remain in Level 7 I guess.
    You have to buy two, 1/adult one/ Child.

    Me and the Missus are applying as the Krankies.

    2
  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #35

    Estimated wait time 54 mins.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #36

    1026!
    It’s the (lack of) hope that kills ya!

    1
  • G

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #37

    For the record my preference would be to stay at a larger capacity SJP.

    3
  • Vask

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Fandabidozy loch.

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Ian Toon

    Nothing concrete just light rumours that no doubt is started by his agent.

    If I could have any young striker it would be Raspadori.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ8itt1eOLM

    1
  • sing in the corner

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #40

    8 mins Vask

    Eat my dust!!!

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