Diame could be playing Premier League football right now, so why was he so willing to drop down a level?
Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame has admitted that he could not turn down the prospect of working with Rafael Benitez despite sacrificing Premier League football with Hull City, The Chronicle reports.
The pulling power of the former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager helped Newcastle reinforce their squad impressively in the summer, with Diame one of a number of players who decided to step down from the top flight in order to aid The Magpies in the second tier.
Although his performances have been below par so far, Diame was considered an impressive coup when he arrived at St James’ Park in the summer just a few weeks after his sublime strike sent Hull to the Premier League at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off final.
And the 29-year-old has admitted that the presence of a Champions League winning manager in the Newcastle hotseat made his decision an easy one.
“When you have a chance to come to a club like Newcastle and a manager like Rafa Benitez wants you - then you have to accept,” Diame told The Chronicle.
Despite struggling to nail down a starting berth in the Magpies’ team, the powerful midfielder is unlikely to have any regrets about his decision to leave the KCom Stadium, with Hull struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.
However, Diame believes Mike Phelan, the successor to promotion winning coach Steve Bruce, was the right man for the full-time role due to his connection with the players.
“He’s a good man and the players like him. It was important to keep somebody who has the feeling with the players.”
The former Wigan and West Ham midfielder may get an opportunity to show his old employers what they are missing with Newcastle preparing to take on Hull in the EFL Cup quarter finals on Tuesday.