Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has revealed the details of a pact about the proposed takeover at St James’ Park made in the dressing room of the Tyneside club.
“When the Saudi people fell, everyone in the club, I mean players and coaches, stopped thinking about this matter.
“We take it that the owner is still Mike Ashley and we are moving on.”
Indeed, the prospective £300m deal between Ashley and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group fell through as the Saudi-led consortium grew frustrated with the Premier League and its chief executive Richard Masters with the length of time it was taking over a decision on whether or not to approve the bid.
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As a result, Dubravka claims that everyone stopped thinking about the takeover and adjusted their focus towards getting ready for the start of the 2020/21 season, which begins for Newcastle on Saturday week with a trip to West Ham.
Everyone at the Magpies also accepted that Ashley was going to continue on as the club’s owner. The CEO of Sports Direct is also reportedly resigned to this fact, as it looks as if he will not get his wish to sell the club, at least in the near future.
With all of the takeover talk seemingly quieting down, at least Steve Bruce can now put his full focus into planning ahead for the new season, with new signings potentially still needing to be made as he looks to reshape a squad that he feels is good enough to take on the Premier League.
Nevertheless, it seems as if any kind of discussions over a takeover will be banned as the manager looks for results on the pitch.
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