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French exclusive claims another unwanted Frenchman could follow Riviere out of Newcastle

7 years ago

According to French media, Massadio Haidara could be the next one Rafa Benitez manages to get out of Newcastle United.

The manager has already made public that he has talked to the players who have no future at the club and the left-back must be near the top of that list.

Le10Sport report that their information is that after landing Dijon striker Lois Diony, St Etienne have now turned their attention to bringing in a left-back.

The situation is described as ‘urgent’ with Ligue 1 kicking off next weekend, a week earlier than the Premier League.

Le10Sport say that St Etienne are now looking at Massadio Haidara and how much Newcastle may be looking for, before potentially bidding for him.

A typical disastrous Graham Carr/Mike Ashley signing, a ‘bargain’ £2m signing in January 2013 he was one of the many given a ridiculously long contract, in Haidara’s case five and a half years.

In return, United have seen 25 league starts in that time, a player of limited ability who has also had numerous injury problems.

In an interview (see below) in April before the 1-0 home win over Burton, Massadio Haidara himself revealed that he’d been fit since Christmas but had been totally ignored, despite injuries and loss of form hitting Rafa’s team/squad.

The only Championship action the 24 year old did see, was on the very final day. Midfielder Isaac Hayden had been forced to play in defence because so many were unavailable through injury, but the gamble on his fitness went pear-shaped as he was subbed after only 13 minutes with Haidara coming on as Dummett was forced to play in the middle.

With a year left on his contract, hopefully Haidara will leave along with Riviere (Metz and a Turkish club claimed to be ‘fighting’ over the ‘striker’).

Rafa Benitez having admitted he has to get players out of Newcastle, if he hopes to bring more signings in.

Massadio Haidara – 5 April 2017:

“The first thing is we have to be promoted, if I play or not.

“After, for myself, it’s about trying to play some games.

“Even if it’s only one, I would be happy because it would be a good win for me – I would reach my target. This would be a great thing.

“I feel alright. Now I feel ready. I’ve been available for the first team for about three months now. I’m just waiting for my chance.

“You have to take your time with an injury, not rush, take it easy and just try to do things in good time.

“Sometimes it doesn’t work the way you want, and sometimes it could be worse.

“Before that I was never injured, so it was the first time. I was a little bit afraid because it was the first. After that, I was more mature about the injuries, I looked forward and tried to be positive.

“But it’s a little bit difficult in your mind, because sometimes you come back after a long time and you are injured again.

“It’s not easy, but you have to stay positive, look forward and say that maybe the future will be better.

“Your family and your friends try to make you feel good and try to stay positive and to be happy, but to be honest, it’s difficult.”


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