Gini Wijnaldum has had to defend his move to Newcastle United when questioned about leaving PSV for a team regularly fighting relegation.
Speaking to ‘PSV Supporter’, Wijnaldum told them that it is only in the last few years that Newcastle have been fighting relegation and only three years United were playing in Europe.
The Newcastle midfielder added that the north east club is much bigger than many football fans back home in Holland appreciate.
Wijnaldum also claimed that everybody at Newcastle is committed to building something ‘beautiful’.
The former PSV Captain also explained how much more attacking football was in England, with the pace of the game also much quicker in the Premier League as compared to back in the Netherlands.
Gini Wijnaldum speaking to PSV Supporter:
“Newcastle United is bigger than many people think in the Netherlands, it has only not really gone well in recent years. They had one season run in which they finished in fifth place (2011/12) and even played in Europe, but the years that followed Newcastle United played often in the relegation zone.
“Everybody wants to build within the club to something beautiful. “
The Premier League
“Football here is much quicker. In the Netherlands, teams wait patiently for opportunities or openings to play football. Here it is attack, attack and attack again, no matter how.”
“Everything is about attack. When it happens playing football, or with a long ball, clubs in England are constantly attacking. Therefore the pace is so quick. “
“The match against Sunderland, like PSV v Ajax, it is extremely popular and people are just talking about that one day, they obviously want you to have a good season, but they especially hope that you win the derby. ….”
Still follow PSV?
“Yes, on television and on the Internet. And I speak with Jethro Willems (PSV left-back) on a daily basis. More on how it goes with him, with me, and things from the everyday life. I speak to many players actually pretty regularly. “