Marcel Brands reveals PSV decision on Siem de Jong
PSV’s Director of Football has confirmed to Dutch media their decision on Siem de Jong.
The Newcastle United midfielder has spent the season on loan at PSV, helping them to a final position of third in the league, five points behind Ajax and six adrift of champions Feyenoord.
In his time at PSV, Siem de Jong has made 23 appearances, although that included only 10 starts in the league.
The one-time Ajax Captain made another nine league appearances off the bench, plus played four times in the cups.
The club’s Director of Football, Marcel Brands, has now told Eindhoven Dagblad that de Jong is not on the list of players they want at the club next season.
Whilst he did get a surprise call-up back into the Dutch national squad in October, there isn’t really much to suggest the player could make any impact in the Premier League next season.
One of the many players to be awarded contracts that were far too long under Graeme Carr and Mike Ashley’s failed transfer strategy, Newcastle are still committed to another three years where Siem de Jong is concerned.
When at St James Park there never seemed to be anything wrong with his attitude but as well as the countless injuries, Siem de Jong just doesn’t look up to the pace and physicality of the Premier League.
Little doubt that Newcastle would love to get him off their books but instead another year on loan looks the most likely outcome for next season, unless they basically give him away so that another club on the continent can get close to his Premier League wages at Newcastle.
Last month, de Jong gave an interview in Holland, where he said he found it very difficult to get so little game time at Newcastle but that every player has to be professional and give their best, whether it is for one or 90 minutes.
Siem de Jong 22 April 2017:
“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.”
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