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Maiga clear about Newcastle commitment
Published : 17 Aug 2011 16:30:01
Modibo Maiga has stepped up his bid to force his way out of Sochaux to Newcastle United before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Mali international striker did not turn up for his side's Ligue 1 clash with Caen on Saturday and then missed training on Sunday as he vents his frustration at Sochaux's refusal to sell him to the Magpies.Maiga will now miss Sochaux's Europa League clash with Metalist Kharkiv tomorrow night as the French club travel to the Ukraine for the first leg of their play-off tie."
I am sorry for the fans, my team-mates and the staff, but I am not in the best conditions to play," he told L'Equipe."It is better for the team to get focused well that I don't play."About Newcastle, it is very clear: they want me and I want to go there."They want the transfer to be sorted out quickly, but it is not up to me. The worry is Sochaux."Newcastle are understood to have offered Maiga a five-year contract and told Sochaux they are willing to pay £7million.