Last Saturday morning saw claims that Newcastle United had paid up the contracts of Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan.

Five days later the club have confirmed the news in an official statement (read it below).

Two disastrous transfers by Newcastle United and sadly they are just two of many under Mike Ashley’s ridiculous transfer policy.

Giving far too long contracts to players who aren’t good enough, then not being able to offload them due to paying them Premier League wages when they are Championship…at best.

During his five year stay, Obertan managed just 33 Premier League starts and two goals.

Sylvain Marveaux has somehow managed to repay Newcastle with even less of a return, just 13 Premier League starts and one goal.

The United squad is still littered with a number of similar players who we will never get rid of, Gouffran has another year of ill deserved Premier League wages to look forward to, whilst Emmanuel Riviere is believed to have another four.

Just over two months ago we saw yet another disastrous Graham Carr signing, with Henri Saivet already now deemed not good enough to get into the matchday 18 and nowhere near the first team. This being despite Newcastle having a dearth of quality right throughout the squad – Saivet having another five years to go at St James Park.

Let us all hope that Rafa Benitez is still here and deciding transfers this summer, no matter what division Newcastle end up in.

Official Newcastle United Statement

‘Newcastle United can confirm that Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux have left St. James’ Park by mutual consent.

The contracts of the French pair were due to expire this summer, but with them almost certainly not going to feature in the Magpies’ remaining games of the 2015/16 season, a settlement was agreed earlier this week, allowing them to find new clubs.

Obertan, aged 27, joined Newcastle from Manchester United in August 2011.

The winger made 77 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals, but has not featured for the first team since last September.

Marveaux, 30, also arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2011, from French side Rennes.

However, he has spent large periods of his time at the Club sidelined by injury and made just 57 appearances in nearly five years, scoring twice. The midfielder spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Guingamp and last played for United in March 2014.

Everyone at Newcastle United wishes Gabriel and Sylvain the very best for the future.’