Newcastle boss Howe confirms Saudi Arabia squad trip

3 months ago

Newcastle's training trip to Saudi Arabia, the nation of their owners, is a "football decision for the benefit of the players", says manager Eddie Howe.

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United head to the Middle East after Saturday's Premier League game against Leeds, with their next match on 8 February after the international break.

There "won't be any distractions", the players are "my only focus" added Howe.

The club is 80% owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, whose chairman is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Having been appointed by the new owners in November, Howe said he did not know if he would meet the club's new chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan, who is also chair of PIF, or Bin Salman.

He added: "There will be no distraction from my side, it's about the training and the players and being focussed on the next game. We are just doing it in a different environment to bring players together.

"The facilities and everything are going to be first class, we will train hard and that will be my only focus."

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