Allan Saint-Maximin is still loving life at Newcastle United but has issued a warning to Mike Ashley and his minions.
Seven months ago the French winger signed an extended and enhanced contract, which meant he was / is contracted until the end of June 2026.
However, in a new interview with Sky Sports, Allan Saint-Maximin has reminded the NUFC owner and his people, what he (ASM) said ahead of signing that extension back in October 2020.
Allan Saint-Maximin repeating that fighting relegation isn’t good enough and they need to be competing in the top ten.
For that to happen, ASM states that Newcastle United ‘have to buy more players like Joe Willock’, or else there will be no chance of raised hopes and fulfilment of ambitions for Allan Saint-Maximin and NUFC’s other top players.
The reality of course, is that as yet, Newcastle United haven’t even bought Joe Willock, never mind other players ‘like’ him.
It really feels like what happens with Joe Willock, will be a massive pointer for both Newcastle United fans and players this summer.
If the Arsenal loan player is made a permanent signing, then it would give everybody a massive boost.
If Joe Willock doesn’t stay on at Newcastle for next season, you really have to fear how Allan Saint-Maximin and others will react.
As for Newcastle fans, fair to say that the fanbase is very sceptical as to whether Mike Ashley will allow any kind of a serious bid to be made for Joe Willock. A 21 year old English midfielder scoring goals for fun in the Premier League, bidding will surely start at nothing less than the £25m / £30m mark.
Plenty of other clubs will be prepared to pay what it takes to land Joe Willock, Newcastle United (Mike Ashley) need to be one of them, or else it could prove very costly when it comes to the happiness and morale of other key players.
Allan Saint-Maximin talking to Sky Sports about Newcastle United and his future…:
“The club [Newcastle United] has given me everything, the opportunity for me to show to everyone my quality in the Premier League.
“They gave me the opportunity to feel really comfortable in Newcastle.
“I feel really good with everyone – players, the coach, the fans.
“When they asked me about a new deal, I feel that I have to give. Sometimes when people give you something, you have to give back.
“But before I signed it, I had always said Newcastle should not be fighting against relegation every year.
“We have to fight for the top 10, it’s what the supporters deserve.
“Sometimes you have to think about your future, you can see Leicester winning the FA Cup, you play football to win trophies, not to fight to stay up.
“We have to buy more players like Joe Willock, he can be really great for the team and for myself, I am 24 years old, and have to think about the national team, about winning trophies, and hope the club can give me that.
“My relationship is really good with Joe [Willock] inside and outside the pitch, and you can see how that helps a team when you have players like that – like Harry Kane and Heung-min Son at Tottenham.”
Asked about his longer-term ambitions and whether Newcastle United could / can fulfil them, Allan Saint-Maximin speaking on 9 October 2020 to sport.fr:
You are fighting your second season with the Magpies, what do you think of the club? Do you plan to stay for the long term?
“The club has a lot of ambitions and everyone has followed the news around Newcastle in particular with the possible takeover which was ultimately not possible, compared to the Premier League. There are a lot of big investors trying to buy the club. We also have a president who invests a lot of money in order to strengthen the team and continue the development.
“For my part, everything will depend on this development.
“If the club is developing well and it is in line with my ambitions, staying is a possibility.
“If things don’t turn out like that, obviously the question of leaving will arise.
“Now we are in a huge league with a lot of big teams, so being able to play in Europe and the Europa League would be really great. The Champions League is a big dream, every footballer wants to play it.
“It’s a great, historic club that has a lot of dreams and there is everything around it to achieve this goal. ”