Maiga still wants big move
In-form Sochaux marksman Modibo Maiga has told skysports.com that he maintains the ambition of playing in one of Europe's top leagues.
By Giscard Gourizro & Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 03/10/11 3:31pm
In-form Sochaux marksman and Newcastle target Modibo Maiga has told skysports.com that he maintains the ambition of playing in one of Europe's top leagues.
Newcastle tried and failed with a bid for the Malian striker in the summer, before Sochaux threatened to report the English club to Fifa over their approach.
Maiga was angered by Sochaux's stance and at one point he was dropped to the reserves along with team-mate Kevin Anin, as Sochaux chairman Alexandre Lacombe described them as "unmanageable."
The 24-year-old has since said he is settled until January at the very least and has returned to form with a stunning six goals in his last four games, including two braces.
And he has admitted to skysports.com that it is inevitable that he will not be spending the rest of his career at the Stade Auguste Bonal.
Although Sochaux fans have been giving Maiga a hard time for his stance before the transfer window shut, he insists he is not letting that get to him.
"I have had enough of being booed by supporters right now, but anyway it does not stop me scoring goals for the club and making them happy," he told skysports.com.
"I scored a double for them again (at the weekend). I had two chances on Saturday against Toulouse, two goals, just to thank them."
Newcastle are reportedly very much still on the trail of Maiga and North East reports claim they will try and push through a deal in January, something the player does not rule out.
"Newcastle? They are a very good club, I will not finish my career in Sochaux if I am scoring every week - that is the reality of football. I have not invented that!
"At the moment I am here and scoring goals. I do not know when the transfer window opens what there will be. It depends also on the club, but in the near future I want to ply my trade in another top league. It is a genuine ambition, I will accept being booed for that!"