Gini Wijnaldum has been questioned as to his choice of Newcastle as a club and whether he wishes he had gone elsewhere.
On international duty with Holland, Wijnaldum will be hoping to be selected against Holland at Wembley tonight.
When interviewed in the aftermath of the 3-2 defeat by France on Friday, the United midfielder admitted his shock at being left out of the national team – even though it was only a friendly.
On the subject of Newcastle’s troubles, Wijnaldum says that when he signed he knew that it wouldn’t necessarily be plain sailing after United’s final day survival against West Ham the previous season.
The former PSV Captain has no regrets and says that when he agreed to come to St James Park he made the decision with ‘full confidence’.
Despite the relegation battle, Wijnaldum says he is ‘still happy’ on Tyneside and focusing on his own game to try and help the team survive – saying he is just trying to do his own thing and enjoy his football because that is how he can be at his best.
Gini Wijnaldum put in a great cross to allow Mitrovic to get the vital derby equaliser and it will be interesting to see how Rafa Benitez utiilises the Dutch international in Saturday’s crucial game at Norwich.
Gini Wijnaldum talking to RTV Rijnmond:
“I knew it was difficult because they (Newcastle United) had a tough season last year but I made the choice with full confidence and I still do not regret it.
“I’m still happy there (Newcastle).
“I am just trying to do my thing and enjoy it – then you are at your best.
Wijnaldum was left out of the Holland team on Friday and came on as a late sub with 14 minutes to go, the player surprised by both being left out and the 3-2 scoreline to France:
“I am a little shocked .
“We had trained this system and then it went okay but the game was not as expected . As a football animal you always want to play but you only go with the choice of the coach. “