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Haidara Knocked Back Roma & Milan For Newcastle

10 years ago

Newcastle United’s new recruit, Massadio Haidara, has given a great interview for the public back home.

Speaking to L’equipe the young defender speaks really well about his decision to move to Tyneside and reveals that he turned down other options such as Roma and Milan in favour of life at le toon.

Remember as well, that the interview was for the benefit of punters back in France, so when he talks with such a positive edge regarding the move it isn’t just the usual rubbish that every player feels they have to say when speaking to the Geordie public on their arrival.

Our appreciation again for our overworked translator Pierre who is dreaming of the day when we eventually sign somebody who isn’t French!

Haïdara : « On se croirait en France » (Haidara: “You feel you are in France”)

His first impressions –

L’equipe “Massadio Haidara, by joining Newcastle,do you really feel you have gone abroad?

Haidara  “No, you feel you are in France (laughs). This is a team of L1 in the English league. I have not yet had the chance to meet everyone. Just Mapou (Yanga-Mbwia) and Yoan (Gouffran). We have crossed each other during the medical visit and we are in the same hotel. That’s great, we will see each other regularly.

L’equipe “The fact that there are now ten in the French club had some weight in your choice?”

Haidara “Yes, it counted. I’m still young, I need to be supported. Coming from abroad, it’s going a little into the unknown. Here, it will help me to settle.

L’equipe “You are an U21 international, the club will be closely followed by France, including the coach. Have you thought of that?”

Haidara  “I will first try to adapt well to the English game, become first eleven and then impose my game. I do not want to jump the gun; I want to go through every stage.”

“Is it you who wanted to leave this Nancy this winter or was it made clear that it was in the interest of the club for you to go?”

Haidara  “For me the ideal would have been to leave in June and finish the season with Nancy. But it suited the club. In the end, everyone is happy.

L’equipe “Some Italian clubs were interested in you too. Why did you opt for the Magpies?”

Haidara  “It is true that there was Fiorentina, Roma and Milan, but I wanted to play in the Premier League. This is the championship that attracted me the most, which is closest to my style of play, when Newcastle came in for me I did not hesitate.”

L’equipe “By going there, you leave a mess for another mess …”

Haidara “This is not the same situation, we’re not in the bottom zone. I also saw some games early in the season. They were well above some teams, but tat the time hey did have that bit of luck that would allow them to win. We will go back up the league, I’m not worried.”

L’equipe “Do you think the same thing for Nancy?”

Haidara  “Mentally, the last six months have been tiring, but I wish with all my heart that they avoid relegation. Nancy is a great club that does not deserve a season like this, where nothing goes their way”


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