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Alan Pardew on Cheick Tiote ‘Top Players Command Top Fees…If They Are Going To Move’

7 years ago

I was interested to hear what Alan Pardew would have to say, if anything, on the Cheick Tiote situation at his pre-Villa press conference yesterday.

I thought by far the best chance of Tiote going nowhere, was if the Newcastle manager didn’t answer any questions regarding a possible transfer.

‘John, How Close To The Transfer Window Closing Do You Think We Can Sell Cheick?’

The usual strategy of the NUFC press department apparently being to ban any topics they don’t fancy, much as they ban and journalists/newspapers they don’t like the look of.

So if Alan Pardew didn’t want any disruptive talk of Tiote potentially leaving, then he would make clear he wouldn’t fuel any such speculation by answering any questions surrounding the midfielder.

Instead, the manager was quite happy to talk in his usual doublespeak….’Tiote is very much under contract with us’….’Top players command top fees’…’If they are going to move – but at the moment that isn’t the case’.

The next week and a half could be a worrying time if you think Cheick Tiote is important to Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew;

“Cheick Tiote is very much under contract with us, and I’m looking forward to seeing him running around in the fabulous new shirt for our fans, because I love the way he plays.

“I love his mentality to the game and look forward to hopefully seeing him this week.

“Top players demand top fees…if they are going to move – but at the moment that isn’t the case.

“He’s our player and we’re looking forward to fitting him in the team.”


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