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New signing “I was desperate to play in the Premier League but when Rafa Benitez called…”

5 years ago

When deciding whether or not to sign for Newcastle United, summer signing Mohamed Diame says that he had to ‘think about where I want to be two or three years’.

The midfielder says that everybody who knew him, was very much aware that he was ‘desperate to play in the Premier League’.

Little wonder, as since arriving from Spain in 2009 Mohamed Diame has only played in the Premier League, apart from the last one when he was promoted with Hull City.

The potential of Newcastle United and the quality of Rafa Benitez were deciding factors, plus no doubt the fact that at the time Hull City had descended into a total shambles with Steve Bruce resigning, the club set to be sold and no new players brought in.

Still, who cares, Newcastle fans are the ones to benefit as along with the likes of Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle, Rafa has signed at least some players who are clearly capable of also playing in the Premier League.

Mohamed Diame making a positive choice of joining Newcastle for the reasons of the potential and quality he sees, is in stark contrast to the likes of Townsend and Janmaat, with no neutral believing that those were transfers made for all the right reasons.

Not wanting to play in the Championship isn’t the only show in town.

It goes without saying that in 12 months time Newcastle supporters would all love to see the rats who left the seemingly sinking ship regretting their decision.

With the advantage of Premier League level players such as Diame, Ritchie and Gayle, there are really no excuses when it comes to Newcastle United executing this first stage of the recovery/Rafalution, an immediate return to the top division.

Mohamed Diame talking to the Chronicle:

“Everyone close to me knows I was desperate to play in the Premier League and to achieve this with Hull was a massive thing for me – but when Rafa Benitez called me, I had to think about it.

“I had to think about where I want to be in two or three years – I took this decision, and I think I made the right choice.

Newcastle is a massive club and a massive city, with this big manager we need to do well this season and get back to the Premier League.

“We have got everything to be in the Premier League: the quality of the squad, a big manager, the fans are amazing – we just need to work hard.

“I know everybody is saying that Newcastle will get promoted really easily but this league is tough and we need to work and fight – a tough league and you have to do things properly and work hard.

“Even if you are a good player, teams are going to go man to man and you have to fight to win games.

“People here (at Newcastle) have been very good with me – the manager, the players, the staff and even the kitchen people.”


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