Jonas Gutierrez has given an in-depth interview to Canal+ over in France, detailing just how badly he was dealt with by Newcastle United as he was fighhting testicular cancer.
Whilst he would clearly love to stay longer at St. James’ Park, it appears that Jonas accepts that he won’t get another contract from Mike Ashley, whether he is good enough or not for the first team squad.
Hence the big interview detailing exactly what went on in his dealings with Newcastle, exposing a total lack of empathy/sympathy from the Mike Ashley run club and minions such as Alan Pardew.
Here are a few snippets from a full translation that Neil Cameron at the Chronicle has had done from the Canal+ piece, you can read his full piece here.
“The post-surgery studies were good and well, I went back to England after being discharged.”
“I returned mid-November and at the beginning to mid-December the manager (Alan Pardew) said I should find myself another club, that it was best… I understand a lot of things about football that, well, that for the directors it is a business, no?
“It is clear that they look after the club’s interests, but I think in a situation like that, you need to consider other things, even more if you see I had been playing for five years before having this problem, I was always playing.”
“I never asked for anything. I paid for it (medical bills) because for me, the most important thing, as I told you, was my health.
“If they thought it was OK to do it that way, then it’s OK. I never asked for anything and that’s it. I wasn’t interested.”
“The people from Newcastle, the fans have behaved amazingly, when I go around the city they congratulate me and say I’m looking very well.
“Very emotive words that make you very proud when you hear them. People have been so concerned for me and they’ve sent me those messages.”
“I know the situation here (at Newcastle) isn’t the easiest but I’m going to fight to remain here. Time will tell, what I can do, to give the best of me and see how far I can get.”