Interviewed in his native Holland, Gini Wijnaldum has been asked about a potential relegation clause in his Newcastle United contract.
Wijnaldum sidestepped the question by saying that he never reveals what is in his contract.
The United midfielder instead saying that he is concentrating on the here and now and he’s still confident Newcastle can stay up.
Wijnaldum says he felt sorry for Steve McClaren as it is Managers/Head Coaches who get sacked and not players – but says Rafa Benitez as identified the defending as a central problem and is looking to ‘play more compact’.
Asked about his role in the team, the former PSV Captain admits that it is ‘a bit unclear’ at the moment but says that with the team fighting for their lives it is no surprise players may be asked to play in various positions.
Gini Wijnaldum talking to Metro XL:
“I knew it could be tough because they (Newcastle) had a tough year last season, nevertheless I have made the decision last year to swap PSV for Newcastle and I still have no regrets.
“The sweetest thing I do is play football (remembers missing almost entire 2013/14 season through injury), and I do now in the best league in the world. I try to get along in the (relegation threatened) atmosphere, because I know how hard it is when you cannot play. I enjoy and do not feel any pressure.
“I am sorry (for McClaren). But that’s football. Players are not fired and that is sometimes unfair. Benitez, because we have collected a lot of goals against, he is looking for the right balance, wants to play more compact.”
(Benitez said last week: “He (Wijnaldum) is so good, he can play anywhere. Actually, he comes into its own just behind the strikers, but he can also play excellent right or left midfield. Every game I see what the best option for the team but for Gini would be personally better when he plays more games at one position.”)
“My role is indeed still a bit unclear but it is very heavy (situation at NUFC), it is survival.
“Do I have a clause that I could get leave after relegation? I do not give information about what is in my contract. I do not think about the end of the season, I focus on the upcoming matches. The club is working hard to put everything in a row and I am confident that it will be okay.”