Mohamed Diame speaks out about his future at Newcastle United
Mohamed Diame ended up Newcastle’s man of the match in our player ratings from fans, despite only appearing for the second half at West Ham.
As always, things can change very quickly, so we have gone from a position where Hayden and Longstaff looked set to play out the rest of the season after gelling well together, to one where Mohamed Diame looks in line to play against Everton.
With even some media suggesting it could be a whole new look centre midfield with possibly Shelvey and Diame reunited.
Sean Longstaff left the London Stadium on crutches with claims of possible knee ligament damage. With the player set to have a scan, even if it turns out to be minor he will surely miss Saturday’s game and likely a few more.
Ki Sung-yeung is also another option for Rafa Benitez.
As for Mohamed Diame, it is both his very short-term and longer-term future that has been much debated recently.
His contract ends this summer and various reports have claimed the player is looking for a two year contract before committing further, amid claims that an extra year would be triggered if he played a certain number of Premier League games this season. Various numbers have been put on this, the player making his 24th appearance on Saturday, 21 as a starter and three as a sub.
Mohamed Diame has now spoken out about this situation, making it clear where he stands.
The midfielder declaring: ‘The club know my position…and that is it. I have been playing a lot this season, so it will not be a problem to find another team but they know I want to stay.’
It would be a brave man who would predict for definite which central midfielders will be at Newcastle next season.
Isaac Hayden is still desperate to leave due to family reasons, Jonjo Shelvey had dropped to fifth choice and will surely be considering his position if not looking set to be first choice next season, we obviously now await news on Longstaff’s injury, whilst Ki will only have one year left on his contract when we reach this summer.
If/when Rafa Benitez commits further to Newcastle United, central midfield is just one of many issues he will need to address.
Mohamed Diame talking to BBC Newcastle:
“It (staying at Newcastle United) will not be a problem.
“The club know my position…and that is it.
“I have been playing a lot this season, so it will not be a problem to find another team but they know I want to stay.
“Now it is not about me, it is about the club, and what they want to do.
“But I will stay focused on our job, which is to stay up.
“It is the most important thing.
“I will have time in the summer to think about this.
“Of course, if I can stay I will, but if I have to go I will go too.
“So it will not be a problem.”
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