Jose Semedo claims he rejected Newcastle United

The Portuguese midfielder says he rejected Newcastle United.

Speaking to the club's official YouTube channel, Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo has revealed that he rejected the chance to join Newcastle United, prior to joining the Owls.

The 31-year-old has emerged as a real fans' favourite throughout his time five-year stint at Hillsborough, which may be coming to an end.

The Portuguese midfielder had tears in his eyes after Wednesday's 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the Championship season.

It was Semedo's first start since January as he looks like being surplus to requirements under manager Carlos Carvalhal, who named a second-string XI at Molineux with one eye on his side's playoff semi-final against Brighton & Hove Albion.

He joined Wednesday on a Bosman following the end of his contract at Charlton Athletic, and Semedo claims there was "no chance" he'd join Newcastle United - whom he claims had offered him a move - if a move to the Sheffield giants came up.

"I remember back then I had an offer by Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday, and as soon as I heard Sheffield Wednesday I said 'no chance' [he'd move to Newcastle]," he said to the club's official YouTube channel.

"Newcastle back then was in the Championship but I said 'no chance I will go to Sheffield Wednesday because this is the club I wanted to play for."


Semedo certainly had the demeanour of a man who knew he was on borrowed time at the club and no Wednesday fan will be happy to see him leave, given his heart and energy down the years, but it is perhaps time to say goodbye.

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