Salomon Rondon set for return to Premier League if all parties agree – Sky Sports
Salomon Rondon has been talking to Sky Sports.
The Venezuela national side’s all-time greatest goalscorer looking forward to this summer’s Copa America.
However, before that tournament kicks off on 13 June 2021, Salomon Rondon will want to get his club situation sorted.
Sky Sports reporting that he is set to leave Dalian Pro permanently and that ‘if every party is agreed’, a return to the Premier League is on the cards, ‘the best in the world’ is how Salomon Rondon describes the Premier League.
Rondon’s love for Newcastle United and the supporters is still obvious: ‘I feel a lot of love from them and the feeling is mutual.’
However, in the current situation, it would be very difficult to imagine Salomon Rondon playing for Newcastle United once again, with Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce at the club.
Still aged only 31 though, there will be no shortage of Premier League clubs who would be interested in signing Rondon for next season.
It is still astonishing that after being named Newcastle’s player of the season in the 2018/19 season, scoring eleven Premier League goals and getting seven assists, Mike Ashley refused to allow Rafa Benitez the chance to buy him for the £16.5m buying clause. Instead forcing both Benitez and Rondon out, so he could get his £43m purchase of Joelinton completed, the Brazilian in two seasons has only managed six PL goals and four assists.
Salomon Rondon has continued to get goals, scoring 14 in 23 Chinese Super League starts, then in his recent loan at CSKA Moscow another four goals in nine Russian league games.
One thing for sure, Rondon’s time in China looks at an end. He last played for Dalian Pro in October 2020 as that 2020 Chinese Super League ended.
However, he then was loaned to CSKA Moscow and despite Dalian Pro kicking off their 2021 league season a month ago (four defeats and one win so far) it is the 2021 Copa America (11 June – 10 July) that is the striker’s next target.
Running at the same time as the Euro 2020 finals, the competition is being held in Colombia and Argentina this summer, before then Salomon Rondon will be hoping to hook up with a new club. He is contracted to Dalian Pro for the rest of this year but clearly they will be happy to see Rondon sign up elsewhere, with somebody else taking on his wages.
Whilst a return to NUFC looks very very unlikely to happen, interesting to see how he gets on if / when Salomon Rondon is back playing for another club in the Premier League in the 2021/22 season.
Salomon Rondon interviewed by Sky Sports and recounts his first ever meeting with Rafa Benitez:
“All of a sudden, Rafa drew some goalposts.
“He said to me, ‘What position do you play?’ and I replied, ‘Forward’, to which he said, ‘And forwards score goals, don’t they?’ He then went on to ask me about where I would place the ball in the goal and why.
“He really made me think about how I score goals
“That is something that will stay with me forever.
“We keep in touch.
“He has been very important in my career and helped me to understand football in a different way.
“Thanks to the way that he is able to connect with his players, I learned so much from him. I could talk to him about lots of different things.
“Every training session, every match, taught me lessons I will never forget.”
Recently completing an online diploma in sports management at the Johan Cruyff Institute:
“They offer lots of top courses, so, because of my interest in coaching, I decided to improve my knowledge.
“I think it is really important for me to study at this stage of my life.
“I have learned things from all of the coaches I have played for and I appreciate their lessons and the things they have taught me.
“As well as Rafa Benitez, I remember the things that I have learned from Manuel Pellegrini, Andre Villas-Boas, and Luciano Spalletti.
“I believe that coaching is something that every footballer is attracted by because of all the knowledge we have of the game. I like the idea of being able to share my experience in the dugout, applying everything that I have learned over the years to help players.”
Football during the pandemic:
“I spent the pandemic in China, far away from my family.
“That was tough for me because I am someone who likes to have my family close.
“I learned to appreciate the people we have around us and how important it is to have our health.
“Luckily, football came back and I was able to do what I enjoy most, which is celebrating scoring goals.”
Alan Shearer and Newcastle United:
“I recently congratulated Alan Shearer on social media for being named in the Premier League Hall of Fame and lots of Newcastle fans replied with some nice comments.
“You do not forget those things of things.
“I feel a lot of love from them and the feeling is mutual.
“I must also mention the West Brom fans, who supported me from day one.
“I had some really happy years in the Premier League and produced my best football there and I continue to follow the league, which is, without doubt, the best in the world.
“I am under contract with Dalian Pro so any decision would depend on them, but they have always treated me really well, as they did with my loan to CSKA, where it went well.
“I have had a very good few months here on the pitch, I have scored goals and I have provided assists in a league that I know really well from my previous spell. I feel like I am in great form and I am continuing to enjoy my football. I feel really fortunate.”
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]