Salomon Rondon repeats message to Mike Ashley from two months ago
Salomon Rondon was immense on Saturday night.
Leading the line superbly, as he has done all season, the number nine didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
As well as his all round play, the Venezuelan international scored an excellent goal and was only denied another by a deliberate handball on the line, in the lead up to Christian Atsu then scoring.
That means Salomon Rondon has now been directly involved in 17 of Newcastle’s 38 Premier League goals this season, scoring 10 and 7 assists.
Rafa Benitez was determined to land Rondon last summer and after Mike Ashley refused to allow his manager to make an offer to buy him, he eventually had to settle for a last minute loan arrangement which forced him to allow West Brom to have Dwight Gayle for the season.
Rafa obviously knew how he wanted to set his team up this season on the minimal/non-existent transfer budget, with Salomon Rondon at its heart.
The Spaniard clearly knows his stuff as he has got far more out of Rondon than West Brom did, in his three Premier league seasons at the Hawthorns:
2015/16; 9 goals and 2 assists
2016/17; 8 goals and 2 assists
2017/18; 7 goals and 3 assists
Back at the start of March, Salomon Rondon went public (see below), saying he wanted to sign a permanent deal at Newcastle United and said he had meetings with the club and had informed Mike Ashley and his minions what had to happen if they wanted him to stay: ‘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.’
Just over two months later and now Salomon Rondon has repeated the message, saying he and his family want to stay on Tyneside.
However, summing up the stupidity of the club under Mike Ashley, only days until the end of the season and nothing of substance has been done to ensure Rafa Benitez or Salomon Rondon will be at Newcastle next season.
Rondon says that, as the stats above show, he is improving with age, ‘like a wine’ as he puts it.
Of course classic wines also increase in value with every year that passes, unlike football players once they pass a certain age.
Rondon turns 30 in September and after Mike Ashley blocked a deal for £16.5m last summer when the striker was 28 (set to turn 29 in Sept 2018), it is very difficult to see the NUFC owner changing his daft ways. Every case on its merits.
The simple fact is that just like Rafa Benitez, Mike Ashley could have had Salomon Rondon signed up permanently long before now, on a pre-contract before the deal going through formally once the transfer window opens.
Instead, nothing is happening and zero planning for this summer, especially the transfer window, or next season.
“Better with age?
“For me, yes, I’m like a wine.
“I try to be healthy all the time.
“I am getting older and so I have to work more than the young players, work really hard and do my best.
“Maybe it is my last game here…
“That would be a shame for my family because they are settled here [but] it is out of my hands and I will have to wait.
“I am really happy here, my family is happy, but it is not down to me.
“We don’t know what will happen with Rafa as well, so we have to wait.
“Now I have my mind on the Copa America [14 June- 7 July this summer] with the national team, after that we will see what happens.
“I have to wait, I have to see if Rafa stays.
“There are many things: Newcastle, West Brom, Rafa, me.
“It is my best season in the Premier League, I try to always do my best, give everything on the pitch and try to help the team.
“He [Rafa Benitez] has been here for three years now.
“He has done a really good job here, to get the team back to the Premier League and keep them there.
“The supporters love Rafa, the players have confidence with him, [but] it depends on the club.”
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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