Mohammed Diame opens up “After the big four, Newcastle for me is the best club in England”
Mohammed Diame has now played twice for new club Al Ahli, one win and one defeat.
The midfielder leaving Newcastle United on a free in the summer after three years at the club.
Having played two seasons (one relegation and one promotion) under Steve Bruce at Hull, Mohammed Diame says he would have been happy to play for him again at Newcastle.
However, he couldn’t speak more highly of Rafa Benitez: ‘To be honest I had a really good relationship with Rafa Benitez. He wasn’t all about Rafa Rafa. He was amazing with me.’
Interviewed by Andy Kerr, Newcastle fan and beIN Sports presenter, Mohammed Diame says that after a lot of uncertainty he was offered a one year extension at Newcastle but wanted longer security than that short-term option.
Diame has always said how much he loved it at St James Park and declares ‘After the big four, Newcastle for me is the best club in England.’
We all know that the potential is there for success but as Mohammed Diame says, that can only happen if more ambition is shown in the transfer market.
Mohammed Diame talking to beIN Sports:
“Newcastle for me, it’s a massive club.
“After the big four, Newcastle for me is the best club in England.
“Now I’m not surprised that Newcastle fans are not happy with what is said.”
‘Was it your choice to go, or was it the club’s choice?’
“The club decided at the beginning to give me a new contract, after (later) they decided to wait because we were not really (doing) well in the table.
“I think the time didn’t help us.
“At the end, when they decide to give me one more year, I prefer and I take the decision to leave because I didn’t want to play another year ending a contract because it is not really good for a football player, you are always thinking about injury.”
‘If you’d known Steve Bruce was coming, do you think you’d still be a Newcastle player?’
“To be honest I had a really good relationship with Rafa Benitez.
“He wasn’t all about Rafa Rafa.
“He was amazing with me.
“He wasn’t about who was the manager.
“He was more about the chairman and Lee Charnley who make the decisions.
“Of course I would have been happy to play again under Steve Bruce.”
‘Nobody at the minute has anything good to say about the owner, Rafa a hero, that must be quite difficult as a player?’
“It is difficult for me to talk about things I don’t really know and I don’t want to judge.
“I met once the chairman (Mike Ashley) when we had the dinner with the team and he talked to us about his life and what happened, about growing up…and I had a good feeling with him.
“I can’t really judge something I don’t know about,
“I can’t say whether it was Rafa’s fault or the chairman’s fault because I don’t know.”
‘Was it difficult being in the middle of it all because it was clear that Rafa and the chairman (Mike Ashley) didn’t get on?’
“I really felt when Rafa arrived to Newcastle and when he called me to go to Newcastle, he told me on the phone he had a big challenge and had a big ambition for this club.
“To get it back to where it used to be.
“Newcastle I think deserve the best and if in the next two, three, four years they want to get back there, they will have to do something and get names (in the transfer market).
“It is what every single team at the top are doing.
“If you see what they spend Man City, Liverpool, even Tottenham now are spending a lot.
“You have to spend, it is football, the football of today.”
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