Cheerio: Isaac Hayden sees his future away from Newcastle United and is determined to leave in the summer
This is not the first time Hayden has tried to force a move away from the club, but it will most likely be his last after warning there are no excuses not to sell him.
“Nothing has changed. It’s not what is best for me or my family to be playing here next season and to be doing the travelling I have done this season. It’s unfortunate but the club know my stance and have known it for a year now. There is no excuses going into the summer. It’s about getting the deal right for the club and for myself,” he said to the Telegraph.
Just last August the former Arsenal man was kicking up a fuss about his future at St. James’ Park citing family reasons as the motivation behind wanting a transfer.
Apparently, that was not a sufficient enough reason for Newcastle boss, Rafa Benitez, who refused to sanction Hayden’s move because there was not enough time left in the window to find a suitable replacement, much to the player’s frustration.
The situation was not helped by the fact that he could not sneak in any game time at the start of the season, spending the opening few months warming the bench while Mo Diame, Jonjo Shelvey and Ki were all preferred.
Fast forward to now, however, and Hayden is a vital part of the squad. The 24-year-old has ended this season on a high as Benitez’s first choice centre midfielder on their road to safety and there will be plenty of interest from Premier League results because of it.
Result for both parties, would you agree?
Although Hayden will be missed next season, Newcastle are set to make a mammoth profit on the £2.6million they initially spent on him from Arsenal in 2016. If reports are correct, they are unlikely to accept bids of less than £15milion and could even hold out for £20million – depending on the market.
Pretty decent work from the Spaniard (as ever), bringing Hayden back into the squad and creating a system in which he flourishes, bumping his stock up. The sort of money being talked about would be yet more stunning work from Benitez on Tyneside.
Who knows, Mike Ashley might even decide to reinvest the money. Fingers crossed.
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