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Massadio Haidara tells Rafa Benitez he is ready to go at anytime

Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara has told the Shields Gazette and his head coach Rafa Benitez that he is ready and raring to go at anytime.

The 24-year-old defender was signed four years ago as part of the French influx that happened under previous head coach Alan Pardew. Back then he was seen as one of the brightest prospects from across the Channel, though that is yet transpire at St James Park.

Throughout Newcastle’s return to the Sky Bet Championship, Haidara has been forced to watch from the sidelines with Paul Dummett, Achraf Lazaar and Jesus Gamez all ahead of him in the pecking order for that left back spot. This means that Haidara has only made two appearances this season, both of them in the FA Cup. He has admitted that he is frustrated at not being able to break into the first team but has told Benitez that is ready to play anytime.

He said: “As a player you have to keep your condition – you have to be ready for the day you are needed to play for the first-team.”

“You have to keep your head down and you have to make sure you work hard.”

“It is not always easy but you have to try and enjoy it.”

“This is the most difficult thing.”

“One day you know you will have your chance but you will never know when.”

“As a player you have to keep pushing yourself every day in training to make sure that when you are needed you are fit and ready to do your best.”

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