Salomon Rondon admits he’s spoken to Newcastle about his future and will leave if club don’t agree
Salomon Rondon is the one player Rafa Benitez can’t afford to see injured.
Not a prolific goalscorer, nevertheless the striker is essential to how the team plays with his strength as a target man, plus he has got a respectable seven Premier League goals and four assists.
The lack of investment in the squad is shown up by the fact that the Newcastle manager is so reliant on a centre-forward who he wasn’t even allowed to make an offer for last summer.
Rafa only allowed to bring in Salomon Rondon on loan, with no buying clause included.
The West Brom player has now said he 100% wants to stay at Newcastle beyond this season and as made clear to Mike Ashley/Newcastle United what he wants.
The player saying if that isn’t forthcoming ‘I will say thank you to everybody and see what happens next.’
A Sunday Times report at the weekend said that Mike Ashley is now set to take the club off the market and in the summer insist his preferred option of buying players under 25 is stuck to.
Difficult to see how that fits in with what Rondon, or indeed Rafa Benitez, would be happy with.
It is obvious that for Salomon Rondon to stay at St James Park, he will want the security of a permanent deal and not another loan. So then it comes down to whether Mike Ashley would allow a realistic bid on a striker who turns 30 in September…
Salomon Rondon talking to the Chronicle:
“They [Newcastle United/ Mike Ashley] know what I want and what my family want.
“I have spoken with them and made it clear.
“If there is an opportunity for me to be here, I will stay here 100%.
“If not I will say thank you to everybody and see what happens next.
“I don’t think so [when asked about claims that Newcastle had tried to make deal into permanent signing in January].
“I was focused on games in December and January, as there were many, many games.
“I have left it all to my agent.
“It’s a pleasure to be here and my family are settled and happy to be here, I play with the number nine on my back and it is a pleasure for me.
“I am still on loan but if I get to stay here then I’ll be at a beautiful place.
“If not I will say thank you and wish you all luck for the future.
“I love being here…being here is great for me, I am settled here.
“I will be trying to score more goals and then we will see what happens in the future, I’m only on loan so you never know what happens.
“If I could stay many years here I’d love to, I love wearing the number nine and scoring goals for the team.”
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