Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gouff's Walk Which Made His Mind Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gouff's Walk Which Made His Mind Up

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YOAN Gouffran has revealed how a 15-minute walk with Rafa Benitez helped him stay at Newcastle United.

Gouffran says he could have quit the club in August but Benitez's man management resulted in him opting to fight on at St James' Park.

Now he is only focused on targeting promotion back to the Premier League.

When asked why he changed his mind, Gouffran said: "After the two defeats, the manager wanted to change the team a bit.

"We walked one day for maybe 15 minutes.

"He asked me if I was ready to play and I said 'yes, I am a professional. I am ready to play and want to play.' "I work hard for the team. Sometimes people maybe cannot see that but I work really hard to defend and to attack.

"It is not natural to me. It is not my position - I came here as a striker - but I will always work for the team and play where I need to and where I am asked to. …

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