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N'Zogbia ready to leave Newcastle

Charles N'Zogbia
N'Zogbia could leave St James' Park before the end of the month

Newcastle winger Charles N'Zogbia says he will soon leave the club, with Aston Villa, Arsenal and Tottenham all in the frame to sign him.

The 22-year-old is keen to quit the Magpies, who are two points off the drop zone, and he told L'Equipe: "I'm at a turning point in my career.

"My agents are talking with Tottenham and Villa and, from what they've told me, Arsenal could also be in the frame.

"I have a preference for the Gunners but they are three great clubs."

However, Magpies boss Joe Kinnear has claimed he knows nothing about any interest in N'Zogbia.

"I have spoken to [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger and he said he's not interested in any of my players, so I don't know where the agent is coming from," said Kinnear.

"We are looking into it. If it is true, then the agent is being disrespectful. He's never had the decency to explain anything to any member of this football club.

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"It's laughable, to be honest. It's absolute nonsense. Charles is under contract until 2012, and I told him on day one that he was a very important player."

N'Zogbia joined Newcastle in 2004, with the Magpies paying a nominal sum to Le Havre for their youth team player.

But the former France Under-21 international admits the time has come for a move away from the club in order to attract the attention of Les Bleus coach Raymond Domenech.

"I've been here for four years. It's a club who have allowed me to discover the France youth team, and I thank them for that, but at some point you have to know how to aim higher," he said.

"I've spoken to my bosses at the club. They know what my aims are and what I want to continue to progress. As soon as a big club knocks on the door with a good offer, I don't think they'll prevent me leaving.

"But while I'm waiting I'm continuing to train, without letting my head go down, because I am above all a professional."

And N'Zogbia, who plays primarily on the left, insists he is keen to stay in England - even if clubs from France's Ligue 1 were to make a bid to sign him.

"A return to France is not unforeseeable," he explained. "But personally I have always said that my priority is to remain in England.

"It's a league which I take pleasure from and which suits me well."

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see also
N'Zogbia keen to stay on Tyneside
27 Nov 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear submits transfer targets
23 Nov 08 |  Newcastle
Magpies admit N'Zogbia may leave
06 Feb 08 |  Newcastle
N'Zogbia signs new Newcastle deal
04 Sep 07 |  Newcastle

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