Going for a Bassong: – Why I’m leaving Toon.

Posted on July 11th, 2009 | 9 Comments |

Bassong: Leaving ASAP.
Bassong: Leaving ASAP.
Newcastle United Centre back, Sébastien Bassong has given an interview to the media about the reasons why he is deperate to leave Newcastle, saying:

“I have to leave – for the sake of my career!”

The 23 year old defender, linked with several Premier League teams, has now been relegated two years in a row, leaving relegated French Ligue 1 team, Metz to join the Magpies after impressing ex-Director of Football, Dennis Wise, and ex manager, Kevin Keegan in a trial for the club.

He has, of course, become a very popular player with fans since making his first appearence in a friendly against Doncaster, where Toon fans chanted “If number 46 (Bassong) scores, we’re all on the pitch!” He was also voted as Newcastle United’s “Player of the Year” by fans last season.

Bassong continued, saying:

“I have a lot of respect for Newcastle and the supporters – everybody knows that – but I want to play in the Premier League, and I think I deserve to play in the Premier League,”

“I would like to play in the Premier League with Newcastle but, for the moment, it’s not possible.

“Honestly, I want to leave for my career and my future. I think if I was to play in the Championship, it would not be a step forward for my career, and that’s why I want to leave.

“I can’t hide the fact that I have been linked with other clubs, but for the moment, it’s not really concrete or strong enough to talk about.”

“The situation at the club is a little bit strange – I don’t know who is going to be the manager or owner. That’s why it’s a bit weird.

“Michael Owen’s gone and Mark Viduka’s contract is over. A lot of players are going, and a lot of other players will leave the club.

“I think, in this situation, a lot of players will want to leave. They cannot stay in this situation – I’m not the only one.

“I would be different if a manager was in charge, particularly Alan Shearer, as he knows the club and the team.

“It’s not my goal to say what the club has to do. I am just a player, and it’s my job to play. The directors have to direct, and I can’t say anything about it.”

Bassong will report back for pre-season training on Monday.

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9 Responses

  1. Inevitable though it was, it’ll still be hard to take if and when he goes. He’s going to be a real legend eventually. Been out all day – and completely bolloxed from training. Just seeing if I can do this from my mobile while I kill some time.

  2. He does say if Shearer was manager it would be different. There is a slim chance he will stay if Shearer is appointed. No-one will be going in or out until we have a manager.

  3. It will be interesting to see if Shearer can persuade him to stay (assuming he will be made manager one day)

  4. we have a winner for stupid story of the week where the express believe taylor is an ideal replacement for john terry…………………….

  5. Would be sad to see Bassong go, I feel he owes us a bit. Dont think Taylor is going to Chelsea either sunday paper rubbish.

  6. Can you imagine anyone at Chelsea seriously thinking that Steven Taylor is a replacement for John Terry? More chance of Fergie replacing Ronaldo with Owen – hmmmm. Seriously though, can’t believe they would even entertain the notion. These journalists must have a right laugh when they come up with these stories