A Clement Grenier move has been talked about by everybody right up to and including Alan Pardew, but now his agent – in an interview in France, has given a number of reasons that mean the midfielder won’t be coming to Tyneside in January.
Whether Newcastle offered Lyon enough money is one thing, but clearly Grenier didn’t like the idea of simply being a cut price replacement for Yohan Cabaye.
Read this full translation by our valued translator Pierre, the quotes appearing on Le Sport 10 who have published this story as an exclusive tonight.
Why Grenier said no to Newcastle
Le 10 Sport got in touch with Frédéric Guerra, Clément Grenier’s agent who explained why the Lyon’s midfielder has not shown interest towards Newcastle proposal.
Reached by telephone today by Le 10 Sport, Frederic Guerra, agent of Clément Grenier explains the reasons for this choice:
“It is not easy to say no to a big club like Newcastle, but Clement has finally decided to stay in Lyon. Today, with the new football system developed by Rémi Garde, Clement is now demonstrating that there is even more ability in his game, he is proving it every match.
“With six months to the World Cup, would a last minute departure at the end of the transfer window be a good option? We don’t really know how safe this would be. Plus the OL is regaining its good performance and Clement did not want to leave the club halfway through the season.”
“THE CONDITIONS OF HIS ARRIVAL AT NEWCASTLE WERE NOT FAVOURABLE”
Frederic Guerra adds:
“Finally, the conditions of his departure did not create a favourable environment for him to flourish. Clement would have arrived at Newcastle, not as Clément Grenier , but as replacing Yohan Cabaye. I have the utmost respect for the quality of player that Cabaye is, who deserves everything that is coming his way.
“However, as an agent of Clement Grenier, I also have to ask myself: ‘Is Clément really worth half the value of Yohan Cabaye?’
Beyond all the reasons that led us to decline the offer of Newcastle, the conditions of the deal did not seem fair to me with regards to Clement.”