NEWCASTLE – Former Newcastle United star David Ginola felt his club stabbed him from behind after they refused to move to Barcelona in 1996. Ginola draw attention to the current Barcelona boss Bobby Robson, after impressing in his debut season in the Premier League.
Newcastle at that time was involved in a competition for the Premier League title with Manchester United and in the end lost 12 points to the Red Devils who emerged as champions of the Premier League. The Magpies coach at the time, Kevin Keegan, really wanted to keep his squad for another title. So, he did not want to let Ginola just like that.
Ginola got a call from Bobby while on vacation in France this summer. But Ginola was told not to be allowed to leave, no matter what the Blaugrana offered him.
“I went back to the south of France for a holiday, sad that we lost the title, but didn’t expect anything else,” he told the Athletic, reported by the Daily Star , Tuesday (16/11).
He revealed when Robson called to convey his desire for Ginola to be close to Barcelona. The Spanish football giants will make an offer.
“They started at £6m and went up to £12m, until Keegan called me and said no matter how much they bid, Newcastle wouldn’t let me go.
He was disappointed because the opportunity to join a club that could win titles every year was lost. But his statement does not mean he does not respect Newcastle.
Until then it gets a shocking statement. Keegan left Newcastle in January. “I felt stabbed from behind,” Ginola said.
This is not the first time the player has been targeted by Barcelona. In 1994, after winning Ligue 1 with PSG and winning the league’s player of the year award, Ginola was invited to a golf tournament by Johan Cruyff. Ginola says Cruyff wants to sign him.
“Cruyff is my idol. He’s the only poster I had on my bedroom wall as a kid. He sat across from me saying, ‘You remind me of me, when I’m playing’,” she said.
But Cruyff later reported that he could not eject a player to accommodate Ginola’s place. As a result, Ginola played another season for Newcastle.
When Keegan resigned in January 1997, Ginola also left in mid-1997. He crossed to Tottenham Hotspur because he did not fit in with Kenny Dalglish who replaced Keegan.