Dave Posted May 21, 2009 Share Posted May 21, 2009 No real surprise. http://www.setanta.com//uk/Articles/Football/2009/05/21/Exclusive-Bassong-on-future-and-Shearer/gnid-53764/ Speaking to setanta.com, Sebastien Bassong has hinted that he could leave Newcastle if they are relegated from The Premier League. While The Magpies are preparing for the great escape, Bassong has backed his team to play out the game of their lives on Sunday afternoon without him, away at Aston Villa. The Frenchman understands that his side have a slim chance of retaining their Premier League status next season, and has spoken honestly about his future. The former Metz defender wants to capitalise on his promising debut season, and has confessed that playing in The Championship was never part of his plans. The talented centre back has been linked to a summer move to Arsenal, but even if he is flattered by the reports, he understands that The Gunners have not enquired about him. “In the case that Newcastle go down, then I would have to hold talks with the club after the last game of the season,” Bassong told setanta.com. “Everybody knows that I am an ambitious boy, and playing Championship football never crossed my mind. “You have to have a plan for your career, and playing in the second division would be a step backward. “I spoke about Arsenal with some journalists because, like you, I read about their possible interest in me in the press, but it is just a rumour launched by the media, there is probably nothing.” Bassong is a huge admirer of Alan Shearer and he has defended the inexperienced manager against his detractors. The defender has hailed the Newcastle legend’s charisma and backed him to extend his stay at St James’ Park and remain in charge next season. “I hope that Alan Shearer will stay, whatever happens on Sunday,” Bassong added. “I understand that he likes the job and is enjoying his time as manager. “Of course he uses his charisma, status and experience as a player, but it helps him transmit his message to the squad. “Obviously some managers are more about tactics than him, but he makes you forget his so-called lack of experience as a coach thanks to his experience on the pitch.” Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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