Tim Krul has revealed the transfer deadline day chaos that he was caught up in on Tuesday.
Speaking to the media in Holland, the Newcastle keeper revealed that he actually flew into Luton Airport on Monday, with the expectation of signing for Watford.
The Premier League club lost second choice goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to injury at the weekend, leaving them desperate for a replacement, as back-up/competition to Heurelho Gomes.
Tim Krul hasn’t played a first team match since October 2015 but has been back to fitness since November 2016 and has played half a dozen matches in the Dutch second tier with ‘Young Ajax’.
However, Krul revealed that this didn’t stop Watford from going into extraordinary detail as to whether he was fit for purpose.
Talking to De Telegraaf, the keeper says that initially he saw the funny side as, ‘Every bone and muscle was looked at’, but that this then descended into irritation as the Watford tests continued throughout yesterday (Tuesday).
Eventually Tim Krul wasn’t prepared to continue and when AZ Alkmaar came in with an offer, he dropped Watford and quickly booked an EasyJet flight back to Schipol before meeting up with AZ Alkmaar officials and completing the loan deal as the deadline hour drew near.
Interestingly, the Dutch newspaper also report that Ajax will save a ‘large part’ of the financial agreement they were due to pay for the remainder of Tim Krul’s time away from Newcastle, though clearly not all of it, so AZ getting a decent deal by the sounds of it.
Hopefully now, the Newcastle keeper will start getting some first team starts to help get him back to his best.
Tim Krul speaking to De Telegraaf:
“It is important that I would like to have playing time and I see opportunities.
“It was a crazy day.
“At first I came to Ajax and I’m going to try AZ. After a stop-off in London…I really looking forward to getting started here.”
After he signed, AZ released the following quotes from Tim Krul and Director of Football, Max Huiberts.
“AZ is a fantastic club.
“They are competing in all competitions with: Europa League, the (domestic) Cup and the League.
“When they called, I could hardly say no.
“The way they talked that had so much confidence in me, that I decided to come.
“I have been fit for a while but I have been unable to really show that yet. I hope to regain my old level. “
Director of Football Max Huiberts:
“It’s fantastic that we can get a keeper of Tim Krul’s qualities to AZ.
“Tim has proven to be a goalkeeper of international calibre.
“If you find yourself with such an opportunity, you should always go for it.
“With the crowded programme (of matches) we have ahead of us, we can use the experience of Tim Krul well. “