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Ajax's Luque: I joined Newcastle for money

Ajax attacker Albert Luque admits he only joined Newcastle United for the money.

The Spanish flop told Voetbal International: "I gave Newcastle a negative reply when they (first) called.

"I was having a great time at Depor. I put in fine performances, lived in a beautiful town, and there was no reason to leave.

"(But) they came up with an offer too good to refuse. I had a talk with Freddy Shepherd, and told him how much I wanted to earn.

"It was a ludicrous amount, but he didn't bat an eyelid. The negotiations with Deportivo were also over in no time.

"I was going to earn lots and lots of money at a club I had never paid attention to before, and move to a town I knew nothing about.

"I hardly knew any of my new colleagues, and hardly spoke any English.

"I tore a hamstring in my second league appearance, was on the sidelines for three months, and when I returned there was a new manager (Glenn Roeder).

"He ignored me completely. I often started on the bench and even more often was forced to watch from the stands. I never got an opportunity to adapt to the British style."

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