By Coral Barry
Georginio Wijnaldum has dismissed claims he will force an exit from Newcastle and hinted he is open to staying at St James’ Park despite relegation.
The Magpies are preparing for life in the Championship after a dismal season came to the worst of ends and it is expected Newcastle will be forced to sell many of their best players.
One such man could be Wijnaldum, who ended the campaign as the club’s top scorer with 11 goals in the Premier League and five assists and has been rumoured to be attracting the attention of top flight clubs.
On a personal note it was an impressive first season in England for the Netherlands international and he has insisted he will not force a move away from St James’ Park despite relegation.
“I don’t know, we will see,” said Wijnaldum when asked if was ready to leave Newcastle, as quoted by the Daily Express.
“I’m still devastated that we will be relegated. To be fair, I don’t think about the future now. We will see where it brings us.”
Each of Wijnaldum’s 11 goals came at home and the attacker, who plays either through the middle or on the left flank, gave his national team coach the perfect reminder of his talents by starring in Newcastle’s 5-1 demolition of Tottenham on the final day of the season, scoring two goals.
Wijnaldum is currently with the Holland squad as they prepare for their friendlies against the Republic of Ireland, Poland and Austria.
The Netherlands are the most noticeable absentees from this summer’s European Championships after failing to make it out of their qualifying group.
In other Newcastle news, one of Wijnaldum’s teammates is set for the exit door after a disappointing season.