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Arsenal Star Not Leaving Just Yet

Newcastle manager, Glen Roeder, has dismissed rumours that Arsenal centre back Sol Campbell will joing the magpies.

Roeder worked with Sol in the England set up and admires him as a footballer, but as the average age of the Newcastle squad creeps up, Roeder has decided time is not on Sol's side and it's an unacceptable risk.

'I have worked with Sol Campbell before at England level. I enjoyed working with him at France 98,' Roeder told the club's website.

'He is a very talented central defender, and I'm very aware of his ability. But I have to say Sol is not a player I am interested in signing.

'The crux of the matter is that if we are to sign another central defender, I would be looking to sign a younger player, although someone still with experience at this level.

'I am very conscious of the average age of the squad at the moment, and I want to slightly reduce that if I can.

'I do have two or three targets in that position, and if they were to become available then I would be interested.

'I've heard about the speculation linking us to Sol and I wanted to nip it in the bud. He's a good player and I wish him and England all the best at the World Cup.'

So, 8 million quid you say Mr Fenerbahce president?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 30 2006

Time: 6:48PM

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would u want him to stay
green giant 12
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31/05/2006 00:39:00

He and Theo looked really sharp last night! Please don't let him go!!!
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31/05/2006 09:47:00

Westl: Sol looked about as sharp as a spoon last night. He was booked inside a minute and also was lucky to get away with another two late lunges.
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31/05/2006 10:08:00

My point exactly :)
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31/05/2006 10:18:00

I love the smell of sacasm in the morning.
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31/05/2006 10:47:00

Oh come on you all love camp Campbell
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31/05/2006 14:29:00

Oh come on you all love camp Campbell
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31/05/2006 14:29:00

Either he stays here or he leavs England
Gunning for glory
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31/05/2006 17:20:00

Cambell not leaving him mum or the the little boys down the road thats why he moved to highbury to get more botty totty
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31/05/2006 19:55:00

Do you mean he and AW have something more than a professional relationship? And I thought John Prescott was bad!
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31/05/2006 20:26:00

Campbell aint leaving and roedor dont want him cause he is old.He is lookin for younger experienced players
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31/05/2006 22:12:00

" he is still clas----end of story"
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01/06/2006 00:15:00

Who told you that?
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01/06/2006 01:16:00

Tthe only reason he was booked was because cole gave him a terrible pass.
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01/06/2006 05:35:00

I don't think he'll be here next season. Wenger hasn't been very vocal about his desire for Campbell to stay, and I'm sure Campbell and his money grabbing agents will be well aware of that. He really has lost what he once had, and I for one am suprised that he made the England squad.
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01/06/2006 12:14:00

Campbell has lost the plot now. You'd do well to off load him.
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01/06/2006 12:22:00

Hey Campbell gave Arsenal a lot over these years, I want him to stay as in the final he was playing quite well and he can still play to a great standard, I don't think Senderos can replace him that well and I think next season Campbell can improve more.
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01/06/2006 17:54:00

I just want him and Will Young to be happy together
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02/06/2006 00:39:00

I know he's given us a lot over the years, just compare what he won at Arsenal and what Tottenham achieved over the same time period (amusing, isn't it!). I just think his days are numbered unfortunately...
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02/06/2006 19:23:00

hmm shat r u suggesting?
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02/06/2006 21:53:00

You wouldn't get this quality of debate at Oxford! (The University that is)
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02/06/2006 22:46:00

Didnt he get a goal for you in that game you lost 2-1 the other week (Amusing wasn't it)
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02/06/2006 23:29:00

just needs a couple more games and i think he will be back to a high standard again
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03/06/2006 08:55:00

that game the other night, reckon spurs will be there next season?
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03/06/2006 12:58:00

Nah, why do you think u will?
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04/06/2006 22:26:00

I hope Sol will be here next season, but I am not entirely confident that he will be. But I wldnt say the odds r like 90/10 for him to go or anything id say its balanced 50/50. I think that now, its completely down to him.
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06/06/2006 21:43:00


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