Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has ruled out a move away from St James’ Park in the near future, despite his disappointment at Chris Hughton’s sacking.
The £10 million-rated forward has been in outstanding form for the Toon Army this season and has attracted a wealth of interest, but has given new manager Alan Pardew a welcome boost.
The likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been linked but Chelsea seem to have the most interest in making a move.
Carroll has scored an impressive 32 goals in just 58 starts for his hometown club and captained Newcastle for the first time ever earlier on this season.
And Carlo Ancelotti has earmarked the Gateshead-born hitman as Didier Drogba’s replacement when the Ivorian striker decides to leave Stamford Bridge.
Drogba is now 32, with strike partner Nicolas Anelka 31, and Carroll is seen as a like-for-like replacement – and Ancelotti wants him to be part of Chelsea’s future alongside Daniel Sturridge and Gael Kakuta.
Elsewhere, Carroll would be seen as a better alternative to the players, like Carlton Cole, Roy Hodgson wants to bring to Anfield.
The new Liverpool owners, NESV, have urged Hodgson to look to the future when he delves into the transfer market in January and then again in the summer.
And, after seeing Newcastle condemn Liverpool to a sixth away defeat of the season, John W Henry would be more inclined to offer big money for the Geordie ace rather than the older West Ham striker Cole.
However, Carroll has ruled out the possibility of leaving Newcastle, saying: “I’m just going to go out there and carry on doing what I’ve been doing so far this season.”
“I’ve always worked towards being where I am now, and want to stay here – it’s as simple as that.”
This is news that will please former Hammers boss Pardew, who praised his star striker after Newcastle’s victory over Liverpool.
“Andy is an outstanding young player who has got a hell of a future over the next 10 or 15 years as long as he manages to keep himself sane in the mad world he is now in,” he said.
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