Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ameobi Unsure of Future; Striker May Be on His Way

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ameobi Unsure of Future; Striker May Be on His Way

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Byline: Neil Cameron

SHOLA Ameobi has given the clearest indication yet that he's set to leave Newcastle United this summer.

The veteran striker claims to be in his best physical shape in years, but admitted it might be another club that benefits from his services.

The striker told The Journal that he was unsure whether his time at his home town club was about to end.

Loic Remy has arrived with others sure to follow, even if the pursuit of Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis seems to have gone on all summer.

Alan Pardew is relaxed about Ameobi's position and is in no rush to hurry the 31-year-old out the door before his current contract ends next year.

However, the longest-serving player at Newcastle feels that a new challenge may just be what he needs if he is to have any chance of playing for Nigeria at the World Cup in Brazil.

Ameobi said: "This is a big year for me. This is the last year of my contract and I want to put myself in the best position, physically, to compete at Newcastle or somewhere else if I do go.

"It's up to me to make sure I'm right whatever happens.

"For me, the World Cup is a real target. I would love to qualify with Nigeria and then make the squad. For that to happen, I need to be fit, healthy and playing football. This is a massive year for me. As a professional footballers you want to play on the biggest stage, and what is bigger than the World Cup? "If this is my last season at the club, then I will give everything on and off the pitch for Newcastle as I always have. If I am here, I will be no different.

"There is going to be a lot of competition for places. There will be more strikers coming in, which is great for the club, because we need more bodies in the squad compared to last season." In another interview with Sky, Ameobi reiterated his belief that his days at St James' Park may be coming to an end. …

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