Nicolai Jorgensen gives two interviews in Holland talking about failed Newcastle move
Whilst Newcastle were picking up a point at Crystal Palace, Nicolai Jorgensen and Feyenoord were losing 1-0 at mid-table team VVV-Venlo.
With 13 matches to go, Feyenoord are in a very distant fourth, a massive 19 points behind leaders PSV and 12 behind second placed Ajax, seven behind AZ Alkmaar.
They obviously have no chance of the title and no realistic chance either of qualifying for the Champions League next season either.
Sunday was the first game since the closing of the January transfer window and Nicolai Jorgensen was predictably quizzed on the failed move to Newcastle United.
The Danish striker has failed to score in the matches since the end of the winter break and never looked like doing so yesterday, replaced late on for the final eight minutes by the veteran Robin van Persie.
In one interview, Nicolai Jorgensen claims that a January move to Newcastle ‘was never really close’, presumably due to Mike Ashley refusing to go anywhere close to the £20m Feyenoord valuation, even though his PR people had pushed out the story that Ashley was set to back Rafa Benitez with a ‘£20m striker’.
Jorgensen says that he left the transfer negotiations to his agent and his club and admits that it was all a bit unsettling, as ‘you try to focus, but you are also a little bit confused’.
The Danish international makes it absolutely clear though that he is determined to move to the Premier League and believes it is ‘a dream for every footballer’.
It looks odds on that Nicolai Jorgensen will be the latest striker with an impressive record in Holland to try his luck in England next season.
For Newcastle fans the questions are whether Rafa can perform a minor miracle after such minimal backing from Ashley and keep Newcastle up, will he then sell the club, and will whoever is in charge, properly back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market and finally break the 13 year old club transfer record on Jorgensen or whoever.
Nicolai Jorgensen talking to NOS:
“It (possible move to Newcastle) was more of a matter for my agent and the club (Feyenoord).
“You hear a lot, you try to focus, but you are also a little bit confused.
“As long as I am here I give everything and I am happy here, I am proud to play for Feyenoord.
“When that day comes (for a move elsewhere), it is apparently the right time.
“It is a dream for every footballer to play in the Premier League and if I keep working hard, there will be a club.
“I can compete in another league and I think I am ready for that next step, but for now I am at Feyenoord.”
Nicolai Jorgensen speaking to RTV Rijnmond:
“It (a move to Newcastle) was never really close (in January).
“The first week though training (with Robin van Persie)…that was weird, very crazy.
“I striker who’s been in the world’s top ten over the last decade – I was nervous.
“Now I want to learn from him as he has so much quality.”
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