Ameobi Hints At Newcastle Exit

Nigerian striker, Shola Ameobi has admitted that he may have to leave Newcastle United this summer in order to enjoy more first-team football.
The 31-year-old has been with the Magpies for his whole career but is entering the final year of his contract.
Ameobi, who started only four Premier League games last term, has been in spectacular form in pre-season; scoring four times in as many starts for the Magpies.
His productivity in front of goal may not secure him a regular starting berth at St James? Park following the club?s recent acquisition of French striker, Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers on loan and Ameobi has now admitted he will consider his options ahead of the 2013/14 season.
?For Newcastle I always give 100 percent like I always have and if I am here that is what will happen,? Ameobi said.
The forward further hinted that the arrival of Remy may have sounded the death knell on his career at Newcastle.
“If they bring in strikers I might have to see what else is out there because I need to be playing football – that is really important for me this year.
“I have played here all my career and I love this club to bits, but I have put myself and my family and my situation first now and make sure I am getting the games in because that hasn’t happened in recent years.
?This year is a big year for me. I am in the final year of my contract and got the World Cup at the end of the year as well so it is important I put myself physically in the best shape I can,? he added.
That bit of news will sound as music to the ears of Nigeria national team head coach, Stephen Keshi who has always spoken highly of the attacker.
Keshi views the forward as a potential leader of his troops and has never hidden his admiration of Ameobi?s inspiration qualities.
?When we played against Venezuela (in an international friendly on November 14, 2012), Ameobi showed he is a leader. He was organising and directing the boys and everyone showed him respect,? Keshi said.
Ameobi has scored 51 goals in 286 appearances for Newcastle United since teaming up with the side in 2000.
He also began his football education at the club?s youth side in 1995.

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