Luque - Catch 22

Last updated : 02 October 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

 And the Spaniard believes he is so far down the pecking order at St James' Park his career is passing him by.

Luque has struggled to show any form since his big-money move from Deportivo La Coruna last summer, and Glenn Roeder tried his utmost to sell him to a Spanish club in the last transfer window. But despite rumours that Real Madrid and Valencia were interested, no offer was made.

The 28-year-old is not happy and Roeder would love to get back some of the money paid out for the Spanish international.

Albert: "I'm not happy because the coach isn't giving me opportunities," Luque told El Mundo Deportivo. I don't know if he likes my style or not. All I know is that the person who brought me here is no longer around and I can only try to win over the new coach.

"I believe I could contribute a lot, but the situation will be difficult to change because the coach's confidence is in other players. I've never been in this situation before.

"I signed for Newcastle to play football. I don't want them to just give me money, I want to earn it on the field."