Controversial pundit Richard Keys wades in on Newcastle's Saudi takeover talk – and fans will NOT like it!

Controversial Middle-East-based presenter Richard Keys has had his say on the reported Saudi Arabian royal Newcastle takeover – and United fans will not like it!

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 9:43 am

Keys often takes to Twitter, and his personal blog, to criticise United, making him less than popular with the St James’s Park faithful.

But his blasts have cooled since last summer, aligned with the departure of Rafa Benitez, at whom the former Sky Sports pundit regularly aimed jibes.

And while it may not be welcomed, Keys has taken to social media to have his say on what he sees as a far from ‘credible’ bid to take the club off the hands of Mike Ashley by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Amanda Staveley and billioaire brothers Simon and David Reuben.

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Keys said: “The Saudi bid is not credible. But that doesn’t mean Ashley isn’t going to - or won’t sell.”

Replying to another fan on Ashley’s running of United, and his dislike of Benitez, Keys added: “I don’t back ‘him’. I don’t know him but I wish he owned my club. You have no debt. You’re the only club in the league that can say that. It’s an attractive buy - a great club. Rafa drove him mad always moaning.”

In January 2019, BeIN Sports' Keys gained notoriety for one of the most bizarre tweets in the history of the platform when discussing Benitez’s transfer complaints. He said: “If Rafa loves Newcastle as he says - spend some of his own money. He’s got enough. Management is about teamwork - why should it always be Ashley?”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Andy Gray and Richard Keys attend the Sony Radio Adacemy Awards 2012 recognising national and regional radio stations at Grosvenor House, on May 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)