Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has dismissed rumors that link his team to the summer’s inclusion of big stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, stressing that his team will have to discover future stars before they hit the headlines.
Saudi-owned Newcastle have been linked over the past few days with the inclusion of Ronaldo, the captain of Saudi club Al-Nasr, and Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain star, to boost the team’s popularity, but Howe ruled out the proposal.
In statements published by the Daily Mail, the English coach who gave the rules of financial fair play said: “It is better that we discover them (future stars) before they appear on the world stage. able to afford these costs. “The players (Ronaldo and Neymar) are the best in the world.”
He added: “We won’t be able to afford to sign them or pay them a salary, so we need to go down and look for young players to develop.”
And he continued: “This kind of rumor has been around since the first day of the acquisition (by Saudi Arabia) of the team. Of course, at that time everyone assumed that the big names in the world of football would go to Newcastle. We cannot conclude such contracts at the moment.” .
Since the acquisition of Newcastle by the Saudi Investment Fund in October 2021, the team’s approach has been a strategy based on bringing talented and unknown players to the global stage at affordable prices.
Bruno Guimarães (£36m), Sven Putman (£32m) and Alexander Isaacs (£60m) are some of Newcastle’s most notable deals in the era of Saudi owners.
Source: Daily Mail