Former Newcastle United player Mehdi Abeid has admitted to The Athletic that he never wanted to leave St James’ Park.
Indeed, the 28-year old officially left the northeast to join Greek outfit Panathinaikos for £540,000 in August 2015, having previously had loan spells with both them and St Johnstone in Scotland after his free transfer from RC Lens B, as per Transfermarkt.
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He has since gone on to play for both Dijon and Nantes in France and is currently playing with the latter, where he scored three goals and provided a further two assists in a total of 29 games in all competitions last season, according to Transfermarkt.
However, his time at the Tyneside club was limited to just 21 matches across all competitions over three separate seasons (via Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, Abeid has managed to make a relatively fine career for himself, perhaps most notably winning the African Cup of Nations with Algeria in 2019. When underage appearances for France are included, Abeid has scored six goals so far in 48 games for various international teams, according to Transfermarkt.
Over his club career, the central midfielder has managed to score 27 times in total and produce a further 17 assists, having played in 231 games since his debut for the Magpies in 2011/12, as per Transfermarkt.
With 33 goals in total between club and international level, Abeid will be looking to add to that and kick on in his footballing career, and perhaps by admitting that he never wanted to leave the Toon in the first place, he has not ruled out the possibility of a return to Newcastle in the future.
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