Newcastle manager Howe sends message over winger’s future amid Milan links

By Oliver Fisher -

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has sent out a message regarding the future of Allan Saint-Maximin amid the speculation that AC Milan are interested.

Milan were heavily linked with a move for Saint-Maximin during the winter transfer window when he seemed to have fallen out of favour at Newcastle, and Fabrizio Romano suggested in his CaughtOffside column in February that the interest has not gone away.

“Newcastle were never really open to let Allan Saint-Maximin leave so it wasn’t close with AC Milan,” Romano said.

“I’m aware his agent has spoken about Milan’s interest, but it wasn’t advanced. In the summer we will see, I’d be lying to mention any guaranteed transfer news now for the summer because many things will change for every club in the next few months.”

Now, the Newcastle Chronicle have confirmed that the Rossoneri ‘were keen on Saint-Maximin in January’ while Nottingham Forest ‘also put in an enquiry’ for the winger’s services. However, Eddie Howe has now hit back at the notion he might be available in the summer.

“I wouldn’t be picking him in the team if he wasn’t part of the now and the future because I don’t believe in that. The rest is up to Allan. Allan has to perform week in, week out to maintain his standing in the group,” he said.

“That’s the same for any player. We really like him, we really respect him, he can make a difference for us. I think certainly there are things that we really believe in, we set a structure in place that we want the players to follow.

“Allan has followed that. The same as everyone else. His behaviour day to day has been very good. No issues, no problems, he’s been fine.”

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