Newcastle transfer news: Moussa Diaby comments on his immediate future
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Newcastle transfer news: Moussa Diaby comments on his immediate future

Moussa Diaby has confirmed that he will not be joining Newcastle United this summer.

The 23-year-old has been one of our top targets, as Eddie Howe looks to add more creative spark to his forward line.

Diaby certainly would have done that, proving 25 direct goal contributions in the Bundesliga last season. His form helped Bayer Leverkusen finish third and qualify for the Champions League.

And the France international has now told the world that he will be staying put rather than moving to St James’ Park.

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What Diaby has said about his future

Diaby has conducted an interview with German outlet RP Online, and was asked about possibly leaving Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

“I’ve made my decision and will play for Bayer Leverkusen again next season,” he said.

If it wasn’t clear enough already, that should put to bed all speculation of Diaby joining the Magpies.

Right player wrong time

It was previously claimed that Newcastle were confident of signing Diaby. However, that confidence was clearly misplaced.

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Not signing Diaby is certainly a blow. He’s the kind of player who could have transformed our attack. He could have been part of the foundations of the club’s bright future.

A talented right winger appears to be the missing piece of the jigsaw that is Eddie Howe’s starting XI. We do have options out there, but they are nowhere near as good as Diaby.

He would have been an absolute gamechanger, and a move would have been Bruno Guimaraes levels of impressive.

However, it just feels like a case of right player wrong time. He’s absolutely who we need to sign, but the timing is all wrong.

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Diaby has plenty of years left on his Leverkusen contract, meaning they are in no rush to sell. They are also set to compete in the Champions League, which is an opportunity he won’t want to pass up. It’s also a World Cup year, and moving clubs and leagues could potentially have jeopardised Diaby’s place in the France squad.

It’s not the right time financially either. Newcastle are trying to be careful with their money at the early stage of the new owners’ project. Sadly, £60million for Diaby was too much of a stretch. He also wanted big wages, which is another barrier for the Magpies right now.

But while the timing isn’t right this summer, he is a player we should revisit in the future. Whether it’s in January after the World Cup or next summer, hopefully this isn’t the end of Newcastle’s interest in Diaby.

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