Writer: Mike Field
Date:Sunday January 25 2009
According to an interview Charles N'Zogbia gave to Foot Mercato - a regular read in this household - he would prefer a move to Villa.
In the interview quoted from Setanta Sports, he says he would be happy with a move to either Villa or Arsenal, but he does a preference for us as we have been improving over the last few years.
"I`m still in stand-by, waiting for the club to make a decision. We did everything to put the club that are interested in contact with Newcastle. But it seems that something is frozen on Newcastle`s part. They have the cards in their hands. It`s just about a good offer being made.
Adding "The club is asking for too much money. All we can do is wait and see. The clubs that are interested remain the same, but it`s tough because they are asking for a ridiculous sum of money.
'Arsenal and Aston Villa are top teams in the English league, so I`d be happy to join them.
"I don`t have a priority. Both are good clubs, but I have a little preference for Aston Villa. They have been improving as a team in the last few years, which proves that they can do well.
"I don`t think (that being in Villa`s starting XI is easier than in Arsenal`s), and it`s a young team. Aston Villa`s manager is a good coach, according to my friends. I think he could make me better."
Commented on his previous little preference, Lyon he said:
"The door is not closed to Olympique Lyonnais. Perhaps after speaking to Newcastle their interest was not as strong as it used to be. I don`t know what happened, but the door remains open.
"I`m not upset. If a transfer is meant to be, that`s good news."
The remainder of the interview is him moaning about Newcastle's lack of progress since he joined the club, and that he doesn't believe he can improve as a player whilst with them. Pointing to what I assume are broken promises and saying that halfway through each season for the past four years the situation is always the same.
He talks about given his all should he remain at Newcastle, but he doesn't believe the club can match the expectations of the fans.
His comments probably ring true with many Geordies, but at the end of the day this is a player who is conducting his future in the press, I'm not sure we would want somebody like that given our team spirit.
Date:Sunday January 25 2009
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