Date: 30th May 2006 at 6:48pm
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Newcastle manager, Glen Roeder, has dismissed rumours that Arsenal centre back Sol Campbell will joing the magpies.

Roeder worked with Sol in the England set up and admires him as a footballer, but as the average age of the Newcastle squad creeps up, Roeder has decided time is not on Sol’s side and it’s an unacceptable risk.

‘I have worked with Sol Campbell before at England level. I enjoyed working with him at France 98,’ Roeder told the club’s website.

‘He is a very talented central defender, and I’m very aware of his ability. But I have to say Sol is not a player I am interested in signing.

‘The crux of the matter is that if we are to sign another central defender, I would be looking to sign a younger player, although someone still with experience at this level.

‘I am very conscious of the average age of the squad at the moment, and I want to slightly reduce that if I can.

‘I do have two or three targets in that position, and if they were to become available then I would be interested.

‘I’ve heard about the speculation linking us to Sol and I wanted to nip it in the bud. He’s a good player and I wish him and England all the best at the World Cup.’

So, 8 million quid you say Mr Fenerbahce president?

 

26 Replies to “Arsenal Star Not Leaving Just Yet”

  • Westl: Sol looked about as sharp as a spoon last night. He was booked inside a minute and also was lucky to get away with another two late lunges.

  • Cambell not leaving him mum or the the little boys down the road thats why he moved to highbury to get more botty totty

  • Do you mean he and AW have something more than a professional relationship? And I thought John Prescott was bad!

  • Campbell aint leaving and roedor dont want him cause he is old.He is lookin for younger experienced players

  • I don’t think he’ll be here next season. Wenger hasn’t been very vocal about his desire for Campbell to stay, and I’m sure Campbell and his money grabbing agents will be well aware of that. He really has lost what he once had, and I for one am suprised that he made the England squad.

  • Hey Campbell gave Arsenal a lot over these years, I want him to stay as in the final he was playing quite well and he can still play to a great standard, I don’t think Senderos can replace him that well and I think next season Campbell can improve more.

  • I know he’s given us a lot over the years, just compare what he won at Arsenal and what Tottenham achieved over the same time period (amusing, isn’t it!). I just think his days are numbered unfortunately…

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