Newcastle United news

Kinnear tells N'Zogbia he's going nowhere

November 25, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has told French midfielder Charles N'Zogbia he is staying at St James' Park - no doubt in fairly strong terms.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a January move to Paris St Germain in reports coming out of France. However, Kinnear, who has handed his own list of transfer targets to executive director (football) Dennis Wise, insists none of his first-team players will be leaving despite his acknowledgement that he will have to sell before he can buy.

The interim boss said: "Charles N'Zogbia is not going anywhere.

"He is still part of my plans and he still has a future at this football club, and talk of me granting him a transfer is not only incorrect, it is absolute rubbish.

"My aim whatever time I have here is to build up our squad and not to get rid our any of our first-team players."

N'Zogbia's four-year stay on Tyneside has been nothing if not eventful.

He has been linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham in the past, and former boss Kevin Keegan admitted he had asked him for a move within weeks of his return to the club in January.

N'Zogbia has played as a central midfielder and more recently, at left-back, a position he clearly does not enjoy. With Jonas Gutierrez now fit and Damien Duff playing regularly, and Jose Enrique and Sebastien Bassong having shared the left-back duties in recent weeks, the Frenchman has found himself used only as a substitute in the past two games.