By Gabriel Agbonlahor

1st Dec, 2021 | 12:08pm

Agbonlahor swipes back at Newcastle after Twitter dig with 'whoop-de-do' claim

Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted he stands by his controversial comments on Newcastle United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker reacted after the official Newcastle United Twitter account launched a dig at him.

Agbonlahor caused a stir on talkSPORT at the weekend (28 November) as he suggested players will only sign for Newcastle if they pay higher wages to attract players because of its location and distance from London.

Newcastle seemed to respond to Agbonlahor by posting two pictures of St. James’ Park on Twitter the next day with the caption: “Because let’s be honest, players don’t want to live in Newcastle”.

Asked for his reaction to the club’s response, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “The tweet is just a picture of the stadium, whoop de doo.

“Listen, I understand you’re going to defend your city. If somebody said something about Birmingham I’d defend Birmingham. I’ve got no problem with that.

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“I’m not saying Newcastle is not a nice place to live. I can imagine it’s a lovely place to live if you’re from Newcastle. But if I’m a foreign player coming to the Premier League you want to be in London, one of the biggest cities in the world.

“If you’re Newcastle, you’re so far north that you’re in a position where you’re going to have to offer more in wages. That’s always been the case. In previous seasons in the Premier League Newcastle have paid players more than they would have got somewhere else.

“I’ve got no problem with them tweeting a defence and ex-players coming out because I would do the same for Birmingham.

“My comments are real, anyone who is not from Newcastle would agree. You’d rather live in the south, of course, you would. Some players used to play for Newcastle and travel up. I stick by my comments.

“If I was playing football today I’d choose less money to stay in Newcastle, 1000 per cent. The only way I’d go for Newcastle was if I was offered double the wages.

“That’s just me and don’t get me wrong, there are players that will think differently. But there are a lot of players who will definitely take a little bit less to stay in the south.

“I’ve been to Newcastle, had a lovely time on a couple of nights out, it’s a lovely place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

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