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‘Good deal’, ‘Get rid’ – Newcastle fans react as outcast agrees deal to leave St James’ Park

The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern will be delighted with the news emerging from The Mirror which claims Chancel Mbemba is nearing an £8 million switch to Porto as Rafa Benitez prepares to raise some transfer funds. The defender has been frozen out by the Spanish gaffer and the fans will be pleased to see the back of him.

This season under Benitez, Florian Lejeune and Jamaal Lascelles struck up quite the partnership at the heart of the Geordies defence and with Mbemba’s late arrivals to training, lack of positional discipline and unwillingness to learn English, it’s easy to see why the Congolese defender failed to make a lasting impression on his manager. At the age of just 23, though, the young centre-half can still make a career for himself, despite his Newcastle setback.

Newcastle’s current wage bill of around £95 million is holding back Benitez and the club in the transfer market and getting fringe players like Mbema off of it will be crucial in the long run. The deal suits all parties as Porto need defensive reinforcements, Newcastle want him off the wage bill and Mbemba himself is keen on the idea of playing Champions League football next season with the Portuguese champions.

You can read our local Magpies’ comments on Mbemba’s imminent Porto transfer here:

The Newcastle fans seem to have come to terms with the fact Mbemba won’t be a Newcastle player for very long, and considering the trust they place in Benitez, it’s a decision that they’re happy to get behind.


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