Ruben Neves has officially stated that he will remain at Al-Hilal, expressing contentment with his current situation in Saudi Arabia, despite earlier speculations linking him to Newcastle.
The Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves, who made a notable move from Wolves to Al-Hilal in the summer as one of the league’s significant signings, has been targeted with a Premier League return move.
While a recent vote to prohibit player loans between affiliated clubs was unsuccessful, it means Newcastle could potentially secure Neves on loan if all parties involved reach an agreement.
Speaking to the BBC about a potential loan switch to Newcastle, Neves said: “I don’t go. I think that’s rumours because of the owner of the clubs of course, and because I’ve played in England as well. There was Newcastle interest before I came here but I’m really happy here, my family’s really happy, so I’m having a great time.”
Neves affirms that he and his family are happy in Saudi Arabia
While Ruben Neves won’t be making a move in this transfer window, his eventual return to the Premier League seems inevitable. Both Arsenal and Newcastle have been long-time admirers of the Portuguese midfielder, and the latter’s ownership structure makes the transfer appear more likely.
The fact that both Newcastle and Al-Hilal are owned by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) adds to the potential of the move. The recent vote allowing loans between affiliated clubs further facilitates business between these parties.
Newcastle faced criticism for selling Allan Saint-Maximin to another PIF-owned club, Al-Ahli. Some suggested that there was an inflated transfer fee. The absence of Financial Fair Play rules for Saudi Arabian clubs raises the possibility that Newcastle could navigate around regulations, potentially bringing in new players under favorable financial terms.