It isn’t often you feel any sympathy for the highly paid modern day players but you have to have some for the likes of Cheick Tiote and other Newcastle players the media love to recycle every other day as transfer speculation fodder.

Yet again Cheick Tiote has been asked, this time by the Evening Chronicle, if he wants to stay at Newcastle and yet again….

Yes. I’m still a Newcastle player. I’m very happy here. All I’m looking at is that the season ahead of us will be a really good one, just like last season.

 Last season we finished fifth, and doing that again will be difficult. It’ll be difficult because we haven’t got a big squad.

I’ve had a really good summer, and I’m ready for the challenge with Newcastle”.

I make that around half a dozen times that Tiote alone has said he has no plans to leave, never mind the other United players the media use and abuse to make a headline.

If Tiote refused to answer, or gave some vague reply, then instantly the story would be circulated that he was indicating he was open to offers.

On the other hand when he says (once again) that he is happy at Newcastle and has no plans to leave, it doesn’t make any difference.

I think as fans we have to leave the national media to their own devices and as fans simply accept that at some point we have to trust our players when they say how much they love us.

If they betray that trust then they’ll deserve the ex-lover’s scorn that will be coming their way.

If players just get on with the job on the pitch and aren’t diverted  by actively looking elsewhere then that’s good enough for me.

If an ‘offer the club can’t refuse’ comes along then we’ll all have to behave like adults and deal with that fall out if it happens.

As we all know love is rarely forever but while we are still in each other’s arms, let’s trust each other and make it the very best it can be.

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