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Jonjo Shelvey says he was blocked from moving to West Ham – Strange interview

3 weeks ago
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Some interesting quotes from Jonjo Shelvey on Thursday night.

The midfielder talking to The Guardian ahead of Saturday’s match.

The Newcastle midfielder saying that if he was the manager then he (Jonjo Shelvey) wouldn’t be starting the match.

Shelvey stating that he wouldn’t change the side that beat Tottenham.

He defends himself though against claims of being ‘lazy’ and says ‘You can run 15km if you like but I’m a footballer.’

The most interesting…and bizarre thing he says though, is ‘I was close to leaving (for West Ham this summer) but the club said no. I’m happy here, I love living in this city. I have never once stated I wanted to leave.’

So if Jonjo Shelvey ‘never’ wanted to leave Newcastle and the ‘club said no’ to a move, the question is, who was actually pushing the move then…?

Steve Bruce has started the season with Jonjo Shelvey at the heart of the team.

However, making him one of three central midfielders has totally changed the structure of the team for the worse, so many areas of the team looking better on Sunday, not just central midfield, when Shelvey was left on the bench at Spurs and Hayden & Sean Longstaff played a a midfield two.

Jonjo Shelvey talking to The Guardian:

“I was close to leaving (for West Ham this summer) but the club said no,

“I’m happy here, I love living in this city. I have never once stated I wanted to leave.

“You hear that you are lazy.

“I get labelled lazy, maybe because of my body language – I’m quite laidback.

“People can say what they want but I’m the one who goes out there and trains every day as hard as I can. I’m playing for another contract at this club and I need to keep performing.

“I understand football’s changing and I’m evolving with it but stats are stats.

“You can run 15km if you like but I’m a footballer.

“I don’t expect to play (on Saturday against Watford).

“If I was the manager, I wouldn’t change the team that won at Tottenham.

“It’ll be a big game and if I’m called on, I’ll be ready. I just want to be part of the squad.

“I get labelled I’m a sulker and not part of this team but I am part of this team, I will do what the manager tells me to.

“Defensively we look sound.

“We have had playing that way in that formation instilled in us by Rafa.

“The gaffer has picked up on it and it seems to be working.

“We need to work on what we do offensively with the ball but that will come.

“The supporters need to get off the gaffer’s back, he is doing a good job.”

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