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Latest Interview: Siem de Jong thought it was a carnival in Newcastle

2 years ago
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Siem de Jong is hoping to make it his 23rd appearance of the season for PSV.

On loan from Newcastle for the year, the midfielder hopes to be involved when PSV host Ajax on Sunday afternoon, Siem de Jong and his current team hoping to close the gap from third to second to only three points, with former club Ajax currently only one point behind leaders Feyenoord.

In his latest interview in Holland, de Jong has also talked about his experience at Newcastle United so far.

Everything looked great at first.

Siem de Jong arriving after enjoying a lot of success in Holland with Ajax and his girlfriend also able to keep her career going whilst moving to Tyneside, as she works self-employed in social media.

With five flights to Holland each day from Newcastle Airport, it also meant there was no problem popping back to visit friends and family when getting a couple of days off.

After moving into an apartment in the centre of Newcastle city centre, Siem de Jong says that he and his girlfriend thought their arrival had coincided with ‘carnival time’.

Only to then find out just how popular Newcastle Upon Tyne is for stag and hen parties, as well as with the locals out for a good time.

Speaking to nrc.nl in Holland, Siem de Jong though admits to frustrations when through injury he only managed one Premier League start for Newcastle in his first season.

However, despite then only starting three Premier League games last season and sitting on the bench 27 times, the Dutch international insists he never gave less than 100% whether playing for one minute or 90.

Siem de Jong:

“You are professional. If I play ninety minutes, I give 100%. If I play one minute then 100% too. That should not affect your motivation. 

“Point is that your body needs to get used to the load again (after injury). In football there is not always time for it, you have to get there right away.

“But I watch my body well. Even if you always want to play, sometimes you have to say: not now. If you are 95% and you give 100%, you just do something too much.”

Siem de Jong also says in the interview that he consulted various experts as to what he should be doing to prevent such injuries happening but was told that he is doing everything practically possible to prevent them, spending time in the gym and doing full warm-ups etc.

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