At Newcastle United for five years, Henri Saivet was expected to be a good player for the Magpies.

Spending just over £5m or so to get him from Girondins de Bordeaux, the Premier League club looked to have got themselves a bargain, but instead, it ended up being a bit of a waste of money.

During his five-year stint, the Senegal international featured just eight times for the St James’ Park side, scoring one goal.

He spent more time out on loan than in Newcastle, with Saint-Etienne, Sivasspor and Bursaspor all gambling on him to try and relaunch his career, to no avail.

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That’s why it wasn’t a surprise to see him leave the Magpies on a free this summer when his deal ran out, and the midfielder is still without a club.

Currently in France, the player went to see his former club, Bordeaux, play Rennes, where he was interviewed by Eric Dagrant, the ‘master of ceremony’ at the Ligue 1 side.

The player was asked about his situation, and, relayed by Girondins33, said: “I was at the end of my contract with Newcastle. I came back in the Bordeaux region. I’m looking for a club right now. I’m waiting to find a nice opportunity, an interesting project, to continue my career.

“I’m ready. I’m training all the time to stay as ready as possible and so that, when an opportunity comes, play again and take pleasure in it”.