Eddie Howe shuts down Richard Keys shout that Newcastle should train in London

Eddie Howe swiftly shut down Richard Keys' suggestion of Newcastle moving their training ground to London.

Bein Sports presenter Keys has argued the Magpies would be a more attractive proposition to potential signings if they were based in London, rather than in the north east. He also believes that factor outweighs their financial superiority.

"Players want to be close to London," Keys said this week. “If you offered a player £40,000 a week at Newcastle, or £30,000 a week at Brentford, they would go to Brentford even on less money. Everything connected with that football club stays on Tyneside.

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"But you don’t see the first 25 (first-team squad) out on the town these days, so what difference does it make?

"They’re in a plane probably two, three days a week, travelling to different places. For the family, it offers enormously more. The capital is a place where players could lose themselves, where there is a lot more privacy, where they can enjoy the fruits of a capital city.

"There’s so much more. Entertainment, meals, restaurants. Outside of the capital city, the facilities aren’t perhaps as grand or appealing."

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Howe was asked about Keys' comments in his pre-match press conference ahead of their home match against Aston Villa on Saturday (October 29). He defiantly replied: "I didn't know about that, not heard that but for me, that's an absolute non-starter.

"We are playing for Newcastle, working for Newcastle. We will be in Newcastle in my opinion and that’s how it has to be. We are very proud to be associated with the city. It’s a brilliant place to live.

"Take away the football side, just my evidence of being here and around the people, I think you've got to embrace everything around Newcastle to play and give your best for the club so that will never change in my opinion."

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