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Former Newcastle United midfielder Darren Ambrose has revealed a conversation with Alan Shearer in an Italian restaurant in Jesmond convinced him to sign for the Magpies. The then Ipswich Town youngster was not convinced after an original round of negotiations and looked set to return to Portman Road.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Darren Ambrose speaking on talkSPORT © talkSPORT Former Newcastle United midfielder Darren Ambrose speaking on talkSPORT

Sir Bobby Robson told the midfielder to get some food and return for negotiations, but it was a chance encounter with the Newcastle legend that convinced him to sign. Ambrose told talkSPORT: "When I first signed for Newcastle, I wasn't going to. I was young and I kind of wanted to go back to Ipswich and Bobby Robson said 'Go out, get some dinner and then come back and we'll discuss again - negotiate.'

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"I went to an Italian restaurant in Jesmond in Newcastle. Alan Shearer walks in with a few people and introduces himself. I'm thinking 'blimey Alan Shearer, he obviously knows who I am.'

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"He said: 'When you signing, are you going to sign now?' I was like 'Yeah, I'm going to sign now.' At the end of it I was like 'Can we have the bill please?

"The waiter said 'Mr Shearer has sorted it.' He was that powerful he put his hand up and put it on me. He dealt with the bill and it was brilliant. I went back and said 'Alan Shearer has told me to sign so I'm going to sign.'

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The Magpies icon played his final game in professional football 16 years ago todayA 14-year reign of disillusionment under Mike Ashley suppressed the Magpies’ potential, with the club bouncing between the bottom half of the top flight and the Championship. Other than Alan Pardew’s outlier season in 2011/12 - when United finished fifth - the starting line-up has failed to live up to the standards set during Shearer’s stint at St James’ Park.

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