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Salomon Rondon gives great interview in China – Talks about Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United…

3 years ago

Salomon Rondon was excellent for Newcastle United last season.

Despite needing a couple of months to get fully fit after Mike Ashley refused to buy him in summer 2018 and then made a loan move as difficult as possible, the Venezuelan goals record holder went on to score 11 goals and get seven assists in the Premier League.

Quite incredible that it is only three months ago we saw Salomon Rondon round off a 4-0 win at Fulham in the final game of the season, he and the rest of the team, along with manager Rafa Benitez, taking the acclaim of the thousand filling the away and neutral sections.

Even more incredible, as well as depressing, that not only did Mike Ashley make no effort to keep either of them at Newcastle United, he actively wanted both to move on elsewhere.

The daft notion of only wanting to buy young players who might increase in value and the pressing need to have a not up to the job Head Coach who will do exactly as he is told and not expect to have any say, rather than rely on the experience and expertise of a top manager.

Speaking in China, Salomon Rondon has confirmed how much he loved it at Newcastle and how it was easily his best season in England.

Whilst he also confirms that Mike Ashley’s Newcastle and indeed no other Premier League club made an offer to him, before he agreed to rejoin Rafa Benitez, this time in China.

Salomon Rondon interviewed by beIN SPORTS:

Any message for your followers?

“Of course for me the best step through my career in England was Newcastle.

“I’m not going to deny it.

“To be the best player of the year at the club…

“Many people read the rumours but the only formal offer, the only offer that was presented, the only person who was interested, who called me and wrote to me was Rafa Benitez.

“I obviously respect everyone’s opinion, always grateful for the messages of support and to the people who say that I am going to lose myself football-wise…

“I regret to tell you that you are very wrong, because I am a person who is very competitive, hard working and a fighter, I’m going to work to be where I have to be because I’m like that and I’m characterised by that.

“I hope that from here, there are 4 months left in the league, I can start to participate a little more in the game, obviously with the change of league and this bustle, everything has happened very fast,

“I’m already calmer, started training again, always grateful to continue working, the objective of the World Cup (in 2020).

“I am very calm, all those negative comments I will transform them into positive, and I will continue to do my best.”

How was the decision making with the family?

”I have always been a very family orientated person, all the decisions on my transfers, when I have moved, have been consulted with my family: my mom, my dad, my brothers, my wife – who has a very important role because she has been the one who accompanied me during those years in Europe.

“I think that before being a football player, one is a father, a husband, a son, a brother.

“For my children the best thing I can give them in life is this, they have been in Russia, they speak English, they speak Spanish, they are learning Italian, I want them to learn Chinese too; this is the best I can give them.

“What I want to teach them is that things have to be earned, that in life you have to be prepared, that if you do not study or prepare correctly both psychologically and physically it will be very hard.”

How much did Rafa Benitez influence your decision?

”It is an employment relationship obviously between coach and player but I can say with total confidence that it is not very common for a coach to take you to one team and the next year to take you to another, usually that does not happen.

“Of course, we are talking about Rafa Benitez…a coach who has directed and won in all the places he has been.

“For me it’s something very special, for any player I think it would be.

“The truth is I’m very happy to be here, obviously thanking Benítez for the support again and the confidence he gave me last year in Newcastle and now bringing me here.”


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