Wijnaldum says was a great year for him personally apart from Newcastle’s relegation
Gini Wijnaldum has once again claimed to be gutted about Newcastle’s relegation, despite the fact he was happy to desert the club after only nine months of football.
In fact Wijnaldum says he was so upset, he didn’t watch any of the Euros until he felt compelled to watch the final because his ‘good friend’ and fellow deserter, Moussa Sissoko, was playing.
Wijnaldum of course was a conundrum for Newcastle supporters, somehow scoring 11 goals despite often anonymous performances at home and totally going missing in the away matches, not scoring a single goal.
The midfielder also states that he was more upset about failure with Newcastle and relegation than failure with Holland and missing the Euros. Once again tough, not that upset that he felt obliged to take responsibility in helping to put things right at St James Park.
Gini Wijnaldum talking to the Guardian:
“I didn’t watch the Euros, I only watched the final. I wanted to spend time with my family and friends instead but, to be honest, I was done with football for a few weeks because everything had gone wrong.
“Personally, it was a great year, but when you don’t achieve things with your team, and especially if you get relegated, it is hard.
“I was a little bit done with football but Moussa Sissoko is a good friend of mine so I thought I should watch him in the final.
“The Euros was a really big disappointment but relegation with Newcastle was for me even bigger.
“Before I went to Newcastle I spoke with the manager and the people there and they had big plans to bring good players in and play for titles.
“I was really disappointed because I wanted to achieve something with Newcastle.
“Even if it was not a title I wanted to help the club get back to 5th-10th place to start with, and maybe get the club back into Europe again.
“Unfortunately it didn’t go that way. It went totally wrong. That was the biggest disappointment for me last season.”
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