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Sebastien Bassong angered by quit reports

May 22 2009 by Lee Ryder, Evening Chronicle

Recommend SEBASTIEN Bassong is angry at claims he has upset the applecart ahead of Sunday’s crucial game with Aston Villa.


The Chronicle understands that Bassong is desperately hoping that the Magpies avoid relegation to the Championship and is heartbroken that his one-match ban was not rescinded by the FA.


And it isn’t a foregone conclusion that he will automatically quit the black-and- whites if they are relegated at Villa Park.


Bassong was quoted saying he had no desire to play in England’s second tier.


However, a source close to Bassong said today: “Somebody asked him if he wanted to play in the Championship.


“And, naturally, because he is ambitious like any young player should be, he said he didn’t want to.


“He knows that this isn’t the time to talk about contracts because of the position of the team.


“He will be hoping that Newcastle can do it without him on Sunday because he wants them to be in the Premier League again next season.


“And he wants to play for Newcastle again next season.


“He will be right behind his fellow players and the staff on Sunday, and that’s all he is thinking of at the minute.”Contract talks between Bassong and United will start on Monday.


But sides interested in the 22-year-old Frenchman would have to pay the going rate in any case, with Bassong having another year left to run.


Newcastle would be stupid to accept anything less than £10m for the former Metz defender who has been the player of the season in the eyes of many fans.


And given that Bassong’s wages are so low there would be no reason to want to shift him off the wage bill if Newcastle were relegated, with substantially bigger earners certain to be moved on first.


It has also emerged that Dennis Wise almost blew the chance of signing Bassong. The controversial transfer chief sent out his scouting network to the Toulon tournament last summer where he was playing for France Under-21s.


But after Bassong played twice against Holland and Japan in defeats, while he was carrying a knock, Wise didn’t follow up with any interest.


And it was Keegan who offered the player a trial before a £500,000 bargain fee was pushed through.


The source added: “It was Kevin who was offered the chance to look at the player on trial and he was very impressed with him.


“Afterwards, Dennis was unhappy and angry that he hadn’t been consulted first.


“But it was Keegan’s signing.”

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Goons will be all over him if you go down.


Which is good in my books because he is not the full package IMO.

How is this Just defending Spurs then?



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