Gini Wijnaldum says he still loves Newcastle no matter what the fans say about him
Looking ahead to facing Newcastle United this coming season, Gini Wijnaldum has declared NUFC ‘are a club which in my heart’.
The midfielder is grateful that United gave him the chance to come to the Premier League, admitting that other clubs weren’t prepared to pay the money for someone yet to play in the English top tier.
Wijnaldum is that Newcastle are ‘back in the Premier League where they belong’ and he doesn’t have ‘a bad word to say about Newcastle’.
When Liverpool and Newcastle meet, the player says he isn’t sure how the fans will react and admits that he’s heard ‘it won’t be great for me’ but says it won’t stop him still loving Newcastle United.
Wijnaldum says that when Liverpool came in for him then he ‘didn’t think twice’ about joining the scousers and leaving Newcastle.
Many people might say that is common sense/fair enough but the fact remains that if the likes of Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend and Janmaat had put in a bit more in that 2015/16 season, Newcastle might not have been relegated.
Then rather than taking responsibility to retrieve the situation, the quartet couldn’t get out of Newcastle fast enough after relegation.
So, Gini Wijnaldum is certainly not one of the worst players/signings Newcastle have ever had but having any lasting respect for him after jumping ship on relegation less than a year after arriving…I don’t think so.
Gini Wijnaldum talking to ESPN:
“Newcastle United are a club which is in my heart.
“They gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League.
“The fee was a lot of money at the time and a lot of clubs didn’t want to take the risk that they took.
“The people at the club and the fans treated me real good.
“I don’t have a bad word to say about Newcastle and I am happy that they are back in the Premier League where they belong.
“Will I get a good reception there? I don’t know.
“I heard it won’t be great for me but I still love that club.
“When I needed them, when I went there as a new signing, they supported me. I had a feeling they were happy I was there.
“When a club like Liverpool come and give you the opportunity to play in the Premier League again…it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world so I didn’t think twice.
“I wanted to make the transfer and I’m happy that I did.”
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