Allan Saint-Maximin defends controversial Newcastle United comments 'taken out of context'

Allan Saint-Maximin has insisted a recent interview in which he appeared to criticise his Newcastle United teammates was ‘taken out of context’.

In an interview with French publication So Foot, Saint-Maximin implied that he would have more assists if Newcastle had better attacking players to convert the chances he created.

His quote, translated from French, read: "Those who have played with me know very well that in terms of pure quality.

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"I have nothing to envy to Sadio Mane, or to all those great players who play in top clubs.

"The day I have a player capable of finishing actions, I will make seasons with 10-15 assists, and I will change dimensions in people's heads.”

United head coach Eddie Howe confirmed Saint-Maximin’s concern with the way in which his interview had been perceived and a squad meeting was planned on Friday to avoid any potential ‘fallout’.

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Howe said: "Unity has been our strength, it’s vitally important that we keep that.”

And Saint-Maximin took to Twitter to put his comments into context as he wrote: “The interview I did with So Foot has been taken out of context and shortened on Twitter. 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.”

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Newcastle United's French midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin gestures during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on April 17, 2022. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
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Saint-Maximin, who has contributed to more goals than any Newcastle player this season with five goals and four assists, will not be fined by the club for his comments.

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