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As much chance of getting Lionel Messi as there is of Newcastle United signing Salomon Rondon

2 months ago
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New reports that Salomon Rondon is set to come back to the Premier League.

With media claims that Dalian Pro will continue their cost cutting and release the former Newcastle striker from his contract, leaving him a free agent and an attractive option for many Premier League clubs.

The reality is that behind closed doors this (agreement with Dalian Pro to end his time there) has surely already happened because Salomon Rondon hasn’t played for Dalian Pro since October 2020.

Having scored 14 goals in 23 Chinese Super League starts, Salomon Rondon joined up with CSKA Moscow in February 2021 for a three month loan, rather than heading back for the Chinese Super League 2021 season which started in April. With CSKA, another four goals in nine Russian league games for Rondon.

Injury / fitness issues prevented the 31 year old playing for Venezuela in the Copa America this summer, Salomon Rondon now needing to sort his club football out as he is back to full fitness.

Back in May 2021, Sky Sports spoke to Salomon Rondon (see below), reporting that he was set to leave Dalian Pro permanently and that ‘if every party is agreed’, a return to the Premier League was on the cards, ‘the best in the world’ is how Salomon Rondon describes the Premier League.

Rondon’s love for Newcastle United and the supporters is still obvious: ‘I feel a lot of love from them and the feeling is mutual.’

However, in the current situation, it would be very difficult to imagine Salomon Rondon playing for Newcastle United once again, with Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce at the club. Probably as much chance of Lionel Messi being unveiled by Ashley and his minions, with the NUFC owner having blocked all signings so far AND Steve Bruce bizarrely claiming that Newcastle have more than enough strikers, despite Callum Wilson the only Premier League level out and out forward at the club.

Still aged only 31, there will be no shortage of Premier League clubs who would be interested in signing Rondon for next season.

It is still astonishing that after being named Newcastle’s player of the year in the 2018/19 season, scoring eleven Premier League goals and getting seven assists, Mike Ashley refused to allow Rafa Benitez the chance to buy him for the £16.5m buying clause. Instead forcing both Benitez and Rondon out, so he could get his £43m purchase of Joelinton completed, the Brazilian in two seasons has only managed six PL goals and four assists.

Whilst a return to NUFC looks very very unlikely to happen, interesting to see how he gets on if / when Salomon Rondon is back playing for another club in the Premier League in this upcoming 2021/22 season.

Little surprise that Rafa Benitez and Everton have been mentioned in these new claims on Salomon Rondon’s future from the English media. Rafa having taken the player to China after their time at Newcastle together, plus as he mentioned in his Sky Sports piece (see below), Rondon says he still keeps in regular contact with the Spaniard.

Salomon Rondon interviewed by Sky Sports and recounts his first ever meeting with Rafa Benitez 19 May 2021:

“All of a sudden, Rafa drew some goalposts.

“He said to me, ‘What position do you play?’ and I replied, ‘Forward’, to which he said, ‘And forwards score goals, don’t they?’ He then went on to ask me about where I would place the ball in the goal and why.

“He really made me think about how I score goals

“That is something that will stay with me forever.

“We keep in touch.

“He has been very important in my career and helped me to understand football in a different way.

“Thanks to the way that he is able to connect with his players, I learned so much from him. I could talk to him about lots of different things.

“Every training session, every match, taught me lessons I will never forget.”

Recently completing an online diploma in sports management at the Johan Cruyff Institute:

“They offer lots of top courses, so, because of my interest in coaching, I decided to improve my knowledge.

“I think it is really important for me to study at this stage of my life.

“I have learned things from all of the coaches I have played for and I appreciate their lessons and the things they have taught me.

“As well as Rafa Benitez, I remember the things that I have learned from Manuel Pellegrini, Andre Villas-Boas, and Luciano Spalletti.

“I believe that coaching is something that every footballer is attracted by because of all the knowledge we have of the game. I like the idea of being able to share my experience in the dugout, applying everything that I have learned over the years to help players.”

Football during the pandemic:

“I spent the pandemic in China, far away from my family.

“That was tough for me because I am someone who likes to have my family close.

“I learned to appreciate the people we have around us and how important it is to have our health.

“Luckily, football came back and I was able to do what I enjoy most, which is celebrating scoring goals.”

Alan Shearer and Newcastle United:

“I recently congratulated Alan Shearer on social media for being named in the Premier League Hall of Fame and lots of Newcastle fans replied with some nice comments.

“You do not forget those things of things.

“I feel a lot of love from them and the feeling is mutual.

“I must also mention the West Brom fans, who supported me from day one.

“I had some really happy years in the Premier League and produced my best football there and I continue to follow the league, which is, without doubt, the best in the world.

“I am under contract with Dalian Pro so any decision would depend on them, but they have always treated me really well, as they did with my loan to CSKA, where it went well.

“I have had a very good few months here on the pitch, I have scored goals and I have provided assists in a league that I know really well from my previous spell. I feel like I am in great form and I am continuing to enjoy my football. I feel really fortunate.”

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