Ex-Barcelona star Hagi: Newcastle move was close

Former Barcelona and Romania star Gheorghe Hagi admits he came close to signing for Newcastle United.

Former Barcelona and Romania star Gheorghe Hagi admits he came close to signing for Newcastle United.

Hagi starred for Real Madrid and Barcelona during a glittering career and was also a star of World Cup 94 in the United States.

He told the Games Gone Crazier blog: “I had the chance to join Newcastle when Kevin Keegan was manager and the deal nearly happened. But it was not to be.

“You have to have a real desire to play in England. You have to have a big heart, a hunger, a passion.”

 
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