Jetro Willems reveals to Dutch media that 3 visits to St James Park in 2015 helped him make his mind up
Gini Wijnaldum and Jetro Willems were teammates at PSV and won the Dutch league together in 2014/15.
Willems going on to win it in 2015/16 as well with PSV, Wijnaldum having moved on to Newcastle in summer 2015.
The pair have also played together for the national side, although it is over three years since Jetro Willems last featured for Holland, back in October 2016.
In this international break, the Dutch loan star has been speaking to media back in Holland.
Willems saying that he and Wijnaldum are still great friends and play on Playstation together as well as keeping in touch via Facetime.
He has also revealed that the now Liverpool star played a massive role in him deciding to come to Newcastle.
Jetro Willems explaining that back in 2015 he was out with a knee injury for the first half of the 2015/16 season and came to St James Park three times to visit and watch Gini Wijnaldum play, the ‘Special atmosphere’ making a big impression.
Then when Newcastle made their approach this summer, Willems says he consulted his friend about the opportunity and was told by Wijnaldum: ‘Believe me Jetro. Go to Newcastle. A good city, warm people. A great atmosphere. Just do your thing and you’ll be fine.’
Creating a very positive impression so far, many Newcastle fans would like the club to pay the reported £10m buying option ASAP.
Meanwhile, in Holland the talk is of a possible recall to the national squad, if Jetro Willems continues his form at Newcastle. A big carrot for the player as the Dutch have qualified for next summer’s Euros.
Jetro Willems talking to AD:
“I spoke with Gini then (in the summer).
“He said, ‘Believe me, Jetro. Go to Newcastle. A good city, warm people. A great atmosphere. Just do your thing and you’ll be fine ‘.
“I trusted that.
“If I wanted to achieve my goals and further develop myself in a more natural and trusted position, I had to do that somewhere else (other than Eintracht Franfurt). I am just 25 years old.
“They (Eintracht Frankfurt) accepted and respected my story, I am very happy with that.
“Not everyone knows…but I am not a difficult boy.
“Even when I’m not playing, I stay focused and try to make other boys better. I am fully committed.
“That’s why they agreed. I just wanted something different. And start again.
(When out with a knee injury at PSV in 2015, he visited Gini Wijnaldum and watched him play three times for NUFC at St. James Park)
“I came to watch Gini. I felt the special atmosphere.
“You are closer to the field than in the Netherlands and when someone shot the ball into the stands, they started clapping. I thought that was weird.
“I am enjoying it (at Newcastle). That is the most important thing.
“Sometimes you forget to enjoy the talent that you have received and the possibilities that you get. Now I do that again. I think you can see that in my game.
“Sometimes we (Willems and Wijnaldum) play Playstation. Or we facetime.
“Of course he is an example. Gini has won the Champions League. Every footballer wants that. “
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