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Lee Charnley speaking with forked tongue as ‘haven’t ruled out trying to sign’ Salomon Rondon?

3 years ago

Salomon Rondon may not have scored on Saturday but yet again he was a key figure in this latest victory.

Leading the line in great fashion, a brilliant assist for the second goal, whilst involved in pretty much all of Newcastle’s better play.

Rondon is the one player who Rafa Benitez couldn’t afford to have injured this season and the stats prove  that.

The Venezuelan striker has started 27 Premier League games and Newcastle have won 11, drawn 6 and lost 10. Picking up 39 points.

In the other 8 games, NUFC has lost 6 and drawn 2, picking up only the 2 points.

A bit like the Rafa Benitez contract situation, it would be a no-brainer for any normal club to make Rondon’s move permanent.

However, Newcastle fans are less than optimistic, with everything pointing to a refusal by Mike Ashley to allow any realistic bid to be made for the striker this summer.

Ashley’s Managing Director however, now vaguely claiming this might not be true, sounding though very much like somebody speaking with forked tongue….?

Lee Charnley asked by the Chronicle about whether Salomon Rondon will still be at Newcastle United next season:

“Firstly, he’s not our player.

“So he will go back to West Brom and both he and his club will then decide on his future.

“Having said that, we haven’t ruled out trying to sign him but any deal would have to suit all parties.”


Well fully seven weeks ago, Salomon Rondon stated (see below) that he has told Mike Ashley and his minions exactly ‘what I want and what my family want, 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.’

Sadly, this could be word for word what Rafa Benitez is saying now.

However, back to Salomon Rondon.

Last summer, Mike Ashley refused to allow Rafa to make any bid to buy the striker as he was set to turn 29 in September (2018), so how exactly are we supposed to believe that with Rondon turning 30 this September, there will be any change of heart?

Lee Charnley says Salomon Rondon will head back to the West Midlands and then it will be a case of ‘…he (Rondon) and his club (West Brom) will then decide on his future.’

He talks as though Newcastle United are incapable of having any influence on this process.

There is absolutely nothing to stop Mike Ashley allowing Newcastle to approach West Brom with an offer now and get a deal done, avoiding any risk of missing out on securing a player who has been the most influential this season. A deal can be done now and then the permanent transfer formally going through when the summer transfer window opens.

Very much like Rafa’s future, if the will is/was there then securing manager and star striker could happen very quickly

The Mag – 4 March 2019:

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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