Newcastle forward Allan Saint-Maximin believes that his comments about his teammates were taken out of context. His comments about the interview with a French magazine suggested he would be much more effective in a better Premier League team. The charismatic forward took to Twitter to insist that the full interview was not published and the shortened format could have been taken out of context.
“The interview I did with Sofoot has been taken out of context and shortened on Twitter,” Newcastle forward Allan Saint-Maximin said. “I never said anything negative about my teammates, I simply said – as any Newcastle fan would – that I was looking forward to having an even better team so that we could progress collectively and that as a result, I could also progress individually.”
“I saw the quotes and spoke with Allan. I think I need to make this clear that Allan’s quotes didn’t come across in the way he meant them to,” Newcastle boss Eddie Howe said. “He was concerned yesterday. We spoke and in no way did he mean to damage the team and the unity that we’ve built. Of course, he said things in an interview, but, as I said, it wasn’t in the context that he meant, although it happened. We will be speaking with the squad, and making sure there’s no fall-out from that because unity has been our strength. It’s vitally important that we keep that at all costs.”