What’s the real story with Romain Amalfitano’s Toon signing?

Posted on April 25th, 2012 | 6 Comments |

Romain Amalfitano - Latest Toon signing?
Amalfitano: Bringing "Champagne football" to Newcastle?
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Well, back in early March, I wildly speculated reported that Stade de Reims midfielder, Romain Amalfitano, had signed a pre contract agreement with Newcastle United. In truth, I wasn’t quite the first to report it. The Independent ran a fairly insignificant story reporting that Derek Llambias was “happy” with the club’s latest set of accounts, but tacked on to the end was this:

“The club yesterday completed the signing of the French winger Romain Amalfitano from Reims on a three-year deal.”

Which was odd. No one seemed to take a blind bit of notice of it at the time apart from yours truly, so I did some background research on it, eventually tracking back to this story from the in France sports journal, “L’Equipe”, which went as follows (according to my rough as a bear’s arse French translation):

“Scoring three times this season with Reims, who will rise, Romain Amalfitano will have caught the eye of recruiters from Newcastle, who will recruit for next season. According to our information, a three year contract has been proposed to the young attacking midfielder (22 years old). He arrived in Champagne in 2010 from Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C. and will be out of contract in June.”

Now, the story has been resurrected once again in the English media, who are going mostly on the latest piece of gossip from the same L’Equipe, published yesterday (24th April). For your information, here’s what that one says (once again, rough as a bear’s arse translation by myself), so you can make up your own mind

“Out of contract in Reims, Romain Amalfitano will not stay in Champagne next season, even when promoted to Ligue 1. As announced last February and after getting confirmation, the 23 year old midfielder will join Newcastle where he has signed a contract until June 2015. Watched by the Magpies for two months, the former player of Evian-TG did not want to let this opportunity pass. He will have to fight to get a place in a team that could play the C1 (Champions League) next season.”

Well, who needs Champagne when he can have a bit of the old brown dog to whet his whistle!

However, the player himself has damped down the speculation, seemingly keeping his options open at the moment. He had this to say on the subject of his “siging” to Sky Sports:

“It would be a dream come true, but also a big step from Ligue 2 in France to the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.

“I know there is a lot of reports that I signed for Newcastle but I have contacts with other clubs as well.

“I think my good season in the Ligue 2 has impressed many scouts in Europe’s top league.

“Everyone will know at the end of the season where I will be playing my football next season.”

Finally, to sum up, although 22, Amalfitano would certainly not be a “major” signing for the club like, say, Cisse, Ben Arfa or Cabaye, but more of a “one for the future,” and a handy body to have in the squad like Mehdi Abeid. Below is a video of him which I also published in my previous Amalfitano story. He’s in action for the Champagne Charlies at home in the Coupe de France (French Cup), throwing a canny cross or two into the box and scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Montpellier.

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6 Responses

  1. Worky

    Are you John “I exclusively revealed” Gibson in disguise???

    The Mail are running with this story today too – so it just lost all credibility…

  2. Cheers Worky,

    You’ve thrown a about as much light as u can on the thing. I do like how the British media love to play Chinese whispers making everything clear as mud. They seem to be better @ burying the truth. Let’s hope the Levinson enquiry exposes some more of the… (insert chosen expletive)!

  3. just to clarify if Chelsea win the champions league and we happen to finish 6th at the end of the season do we still qualify for europe?? remember reading some bloke would decide if we got in or not if we finished 6th if that happened

  4. @3 Pretty sure we are gaurentee’d Europa league now. Theres no way we cannot qualify after Everton didnt take all 3 points against Manc.

  5. nufc337 says:
    April 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm
    just to clarify if Chelsea win the champions league and we happen to finish 6th at the end of the season do we still qualify for europe?? remember reading some bloke would decide if we got in or not if we finished 6th if that happened

    Yes – my understanding is that UEFA create an extra place for the displaced (ie 4th placed) team. But the extra place is in the Europa League and not the Champions League.

  6. So has there been a change in strategy ?
    Amalfitano ?
    Is he from Amalfi, that famous spot round the corner from Sorrento ?
    And is he another Abeid/Ferguson, not quite ready yet, but could fit in, as opposed to those in a younger age group.
    Meaning we have abandoned the youngster signings, in favor of the almost ready to make a breakthrough/come get a few cameo roles, type’s ?
    Fraid i’m more interested in the ready to play now types,
    but nowt wrong with stocking the side with prospects.

    Hey ! how bout them Blues yesterday ?, guess Chelsea surprised everyone, certainly surprised me!
    The Ramirez goal was sublime and even Torres got one.
    It was, as we all saw, a bitter blow for Barca. who believed they had it in the bag.
    And as much as i like both the side and the club in general, the local press was less than generous, labelling Chelsea, stingy, cowardly and vulgar.
    Which is more a reflection on their inability to accept defeat graciously, ah well !

    Anyone hear the joke about Muamba.
    It appears when he came out of the coma, he was a bit confused and asked what had been going on since he lost consciouness.
    He was told a few things including the fact that Torres had scored twice.
    His reaction was, christ! how long have i been out !