Islam Slimani open to permanent Newcastle move

Islam Slimani open to permanent Newcastle move
Islam Slimani (right) battles for the ball with Sunderland's Lamine Kone (left) during the Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Feb 12, 2018. 20:00

Algerian striker Islam Slimani says he is open to the prospect of a permanent move to Newcastle United.

The Fennec Foxes attacker joined Newcastle on loan from Leicester City at the end of the January transfer window, though he is yet to play for his new club due to a niggling thigh injury.

The 29-year-old struggled to establish himself at Leicester and is hopeful that his time at Newcastle under manager Rafael Benitez will reignite his career.

Asked if that could extend to a permanent move, he said: "Yes, yes. I'm just on loan at the minute, but if I could stay here, I'd be very happy, so let's see how it goes.

"The big difference is that he (Benitez) trusts me and when you have the trust of your coach, that's very important.

“They trusted me at Leicester, it's not that I wasn't trusted. I started well, but then I was dogged by bad health and injuries."

Slimani will hope to make his Magpies debut when they play away to Bournemouth in the Premier League on February 24.

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