Stephane Ruffier Rejects Newcastle United Approach

Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier has rebuked interest from Newcastle United this week, according to Foot Mercato.

The Magpies are said to have approached Ruffier regarding a potential transfer during the January transfer window but the Frenchman is not looking to leave Les Verts this season.

Newcastle have been linked with the 29-year-old in the past and were said to have rejected the French international’s services in the summer.

The need for another man between the sticks is hardly great for Steve McClaren’s men though, with Rob Elliot impressing in the absence of an injured Tim Krul. An ineffable performance by Elliot at White Hart Lane allowed the visitors the opportunity to claim all three points, making seven saves before Ayoze Perez netted the late winner.

Ruffier has been first choice at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard since his move from Monaco in 2010 and has cemented his first team spot under manager Christophe Galtier. Being an ever-present during ASSE’s inconsistent season, with the Ligue 1 outfit battling to qualify for European competition once more, Ruffier boasts vast experience in goal but perhaps lacks the consistency of other top class ‘keepers.

However, his largely assured appearances in Ligue 1 have earned him a total of three caps for the French national team but has been behind the likes of Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda in the pecking order. His reluctance to remain third choice has seen the former Bayonne loanee turn down the opportunity to represent Les Blues in the future and will subsequently not feature at next year’s European Championships in France.

With Tim Krul already on Tyneside and Rob Elliot currently impressing as Newcastle climb the table, it seems unlikely that Ruffier will wish to risk starting on the substitutes bench when he is currently assured a spot in the starting XI of a Europa League side.