By Dominic Toner
DeAndre Yedlin has revealed that Jurgen Klinsmann has played a huge role in his development.
The Newcastle defender has been included in Klinsmann’s latest USA squad and has featured regularly for the national team.
Yedlin, 23, has already made 40 international appearances and played at both a World Cup and the Copa America.
He has praised the influence of Klinsmann on his career and believes he helped him complete his move to Europe, which has now taken him to Newcastle.
“Jurgen has been huge in the whole movement of my career,” he told the Chronicle. “Obviously, going into his squad has been big. The first camp he called me into was in January 2014 just before the World Cup.
“He ended up taking us (young players) to Brazil and from there I showed well at the World Cup and that ultimately got me to Europe. It’s been my goal since I was a kid to play over here. Jurgen has shown so much trust in me. He has been instrumental in my development as a player.”
Yedlin has made a strong start to his Newcastle career and made six appearances so far this season, scoring one goal and supplying two assists.
The right-back is competing with Vurnon Anita for a starting position in Rafa Benitez’s side.
He moved to St James’ Park in the summer transfer window and is trying to secure promotion from the Championship with the Magpies.
Yedlin earned a move to the Premier League in 2015 to Tottenham but made just one senior appearance for them.
After spending last season on loan at rivals Sunderland, he has now hopeful of settling at Newcastle.
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