N'Zogbia: Le Havre tricked me
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charles N'Zogbia believes former club Le Havre tricked him prior to his switch to Newcastle.Charles N'Zogbia believes former club Le Havre tricked him into signing a three-year deal prior to his switch to Newcastle United.
The skilful winger joined The Magpies in August 2004, but his debut for the St James' Park outfit was delayed as the French club claimed they had him tied to a long-term contract.
N'Zogbia thought he had only penned a one-year deal with Le Havre, while the club claim he committed himself for a three-year period.
As the 19-year-old could not sign for another French outfit he joined Newcastle and went on to make his debut in September 2004 against Blackburn following intervention from Fifa.
"I was forced to leave Le Havre," explained N'Zogbia. "They didn't offer me a good contract.
"Either I stayed and was blocked, or I could go abroad as I could not sign for another club in France.
"At first, Le Havre offered me a one-year deal. Actually the officials trapped me because I signed for three years.
"Indeed, my mother wanted me to sign. To me it was clear, it (the contract) was for one year.
"Now everything is fine. The Newcastle coach is happy with me so far.
"Sometimes the fans chant my name, but I can't always understand what they say."