Jonas Gutierrez opens up about his enduring love for Newcastle United
Jonas Gutierrez was a class act at Newcastle United.
A player who always gave 100% and had an excellent left side partnership with Jose Enrique.
The term cult hero could have been written for the Argentine international, as he gave so much to the club both on and off the pitch.
He is still recovering from a serious injury to his patella, which happened in August (2018) when playing for Defensa y Justicia back in Argentina, Jonas Gutierrez hoping to be back playing as soon as possible, as he approaches his 36th birthday in July.
As he recovers, he has given an excellent interview to Planet Football (brief extracts below), talking about his time on Tyneside and the enduring mutual love affair with Newcastle fans.
Jonas Gutierrez summing up the supporters…’Newcastle fans are different, you don’t find this kind of support in many places. They make you stronger and send you their love. It is not just the boys and the men but the women and the grandmas. The city depends on football, it is so important. They are incredible.’
Once again, if anybody has any doubts about the true character of Mike Ashley and how he runs Newcastle United, just remind yourself of how he behaved towards Jonas Gutierrez. Found guilty of discriminating against the player as he was dealing wit and recovering from cancer.
Jonas Gutierrez speaking to Planet Football:
“I was sad when I left [Newcastle United] because it was hard to leave a club and a place I love.
“But when I look at my past, I think about the good things, like the fans and their unbelievable messages of support. For that, I can only say thank you.
“As a young boy, I used to get up early to watch English football, and it was my dream to play for one of those teams.
“I knew Newcastle because of the film “Goal!” with Santiago Munez, and also because of Daniel Cordone and Christian Bassedas, who were playing there and had been at my team in Argentina, Valez Sarsfield.
“I had the opportunity to move to Portsmouth the previous January, but Mallorca didn’t want me to go. It was hard at the time because I loved the Premier League, but then I moved to Newcastle, and after what I did there, I have to say it was the best decision of my life.
“Newcastle fans are different, you don’t find this kind of support in many places. They make you stronger and send you their love.
“It is not just the boys and the men but the women and the grandmas. The city depends on football, it is so important. They are incredible.
“I didn’t want to leave Newcastle after we were relegated.
“The only thing was the World Cup, it was my dream.
“Maradona called me and said ‘I don’t care where you play, in the Premier League or the Championship, I just want you to play well’.
“For me, it was great to hear that because I was thinking about two things and he made it easy. I was in a place that I loved and I didn’t want to move.”
“I have so many messages from the fans saying they will buy me a beer in Newcastle. One day I will be back.
“If they are sad, I stand with them because I know how much they care. They know the truth.”
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