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Ben Foster Former England goalkeeper Newcastle United made him an offer Before deciding to hang up the gloves
The 39-year-old just announced his retirement from the game a few days ago. Ending more than 20 years of professional football, he made his final appearance for Watford last season. But he cannot help the team survive the relegation. before the end of the contract with the team
Speaking on his own channel, The Cycling GK, Foster revealed that he had received an offer from Newcastle before formally announcing his retirement. However, he had to refuse as it had caused him to be separated from his family, despite the fact that the contract had been agreed.
“Hey everyone, I have something big to announce. I think it’s time for me to hang up my gloves and boots. I feel it’s enough And it’s time.”
“Okay, then I got a phone call. from an agent I know on a Tuesday afternoon I was thinking why would he call me on a Tuesday afternoon: ‘Fozzy, there’s a club that wants to sign you’ I was like, oh my God, the richest club in the world, Newcastle United.
“Carl Darlow injured his ankle in training. It’s heavy, probably 3-4 months out, so they want a backup goalkeeper, towards the end of the season.
“Wow, Newcastle gets to the point, Newcastle is four hours away from my house, right? I am 39 years old. Newcastle is four hours away from home. And if I move to join the team I had to move there. I have to be separated from my family, right?
“So I told him that Well, first, he said ‘are you interested?’ I was like, I have a chance There is a chance. This is Newcastle. I like Newcastle. I think they are a great team. They did a great job, so he said, ‘Okay, I’ll go back and tell them’ the offer until the end of the season. I told him about the salary figures. You know what I did? Deep down, I gave you a number I thought they’d never give. He called me an hour later, ‘Fozzy, they’re not right. They won’t offer you that number. Actually, it’s fine. It is not a death sentence. actually Thanks again To be honest, I’m not angry at all.
“Because I have to move there. being separated from the family I haven’t seen them in 9 months, it’s hard for me, you know what I mean? He said we would have to cancel this deal. which is not a problem at all, very comfortable
“But then, an hour later another phone call came in and he said, ‘Fozzy, I think they might agree on an offer. I was like, Oh my God, then I thought we could go to Newcastle. keep the bag tidy because i am a free agent i can change teams anytime they say ‘if we can agree today you can have him come to newcastle tonight can i have a physical exam and sign the contract tomorrow?
“I said let’s see if we can agree on an offer. An hour later, ‘Fossie, they agreed on an offer’, an advance offer for the end of the season. So it’s 9 months together, right?
“The proposal is very good. It might not be as much as the Premier League player salaries you’ve seen. But it is a promise that we must respect. But when they told me they agreed I have a feeling I don’t want to go and you know what they say. You have to be brave sometimes. Of course, I had the feeling that I didn’t want to go.
“It sounds terrible. There were a lot of people who said that to me ‘You’re crazy,’ ‘This is a dream,’ and I get it. But I’ve been playing football for 20 years, I’m 39, and thinking of separating with my family. I don’t know if I can do it. I was sitting with my kids and I said to them ‘Hey guys, they’re right, Newcastle want to sign my father and son. ‘He said that Dad had to accept the offer. But the fact that I had to be separated from my family was hard.
“My wife is amazing, she said, ‘Listen, if you want to go, we’ll make it work. Anyway but after dinner I still feel no, I don’t want to go. After that, I decided to call my agent and say, “Friend, listen, I’m really sorry. I’m sorry I wasted your time. I don’t want to go. I’m really sorry. I said that I couldn’t really go and I was introduced to the Director of Newcastle very well Dan Ashworth, he used to be the director of West Brom. I have only good things to say about him. He is the real man Every team or club is the world needs someone like Dan Ashworth as their team director.
“So I said I’d call Dan Ashworth and say now. It’s a tough call to make. I called him and said, “Dan, I have bad news for you.” I can’t sign you, I’m very sorry, I tell you all the reasons. away from home and from the family I’m so old, and it’s very good, he said, ‘Listen, I respect you for calling me. I don’t want other people to call. A player had never called me about this before. He said it was always the agent who came to talk. With the players hiding behind me, I said, I’m sorry for wasting your time. and he’s really great.”