As the team have progressed this season we have seen our best players repeatedly linked with other clubs on either twisted, or simply invented, stories.
Therefore it is great to see the club taking action as a quote from an interview Papiss Cisse conducted with French publication L’Equipe, has been given the usual press treatment.
The following statement being released by Newcastle United tonight:
An erroneous story which has been circulated this evening by Steve Goodman, regarding Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Real Madrid, is taken from a recent interview Papiss conducted with L’Equipe.
In the article, Mr Goodman states that Papiss has issued a “come and get me” appeal to Real Madrid. This statement is utterly untrue.
In the interview with L’Equipe, Papiss responded to a question about Real Madrid to say that he has admired the club since he was young. This in no way constitutes a ‘come and get me’ plea.
Mr Goodman further claims that Papiss ‘insisted he hopes to join them [Real Madrid]’. Papiss has never made such a statement and refutes the suggestion in the strongest possible terms.
The player is completely committed to Newcastle United and is not interested in anything other than ensuring he and the team finish the season as strongly as possible.
The matter is now in the hands of the player’s legal representatives.