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Newcastle Strike Target Says ‘I Want To Leave Lyon With My Head Held Up High’

11 years ago

The latest striker that Newcastle are being linked with continually is Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon.

As we’ve previously reported, Lyon’s financial position means that they are having offload some of their biggest assets, including Gomis who only has one year left on his contract.

Gomis has previously stated that he won’t be pushed out of the club to somewhere he doesn’t want to go and which he repeats again here in this interview in L’Equipe.

However, in this piece Gomis definitely appears to be more ready to accept the reality of the situation and as he says, he wants to leave the French club with his ‘head held up high’.

Gomis would be a real quality addition to Newcastle’s squad and if he is looking for somewhere that he will be able to fit in quickly then Newcastle French contingent must tick a big box on that score.

On the other hand, are Newcastle willing to go for this kind of quality in the transfer window? To me it is a no-brainer in terms of what United need and what this player can offer, especially as he seems to be a decent character judged on his words here.

Thanks yet again to Pierre for the expert translation;

“If I do not find a club that gives me the assurance that I need, I’ll stay. I will ensure that I am ready to help the team. I will try to lead by example because I do not forget that I am privileged. There are far worse things in life.

Plus I want to leave Lyon with my head held up high. I think I gave a good image of myself  here.

I’m going to work and be ready if I am called upon because along with my advisor (Etienne Mendy), there is no conflict. This is what we said to the (Lyon) President on Monday.

What is certain is that I will not be forced to go where I do not want to go and nothing is set in football. Today I can be sidelined and who is to say who starts a game due to injuries, suspensions … I’m at OL, I have not left yet … “

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