By Coral Barry
Daryl Janmaat has one eye on a transfer away from Newcastle this summer, according to his national team manager Danny Blind.
Janmaat has been a part of a relegation-threatened Newcastle side that is second from the bottom of the Premier League table and Blind has made no attempt to hide the full-back’s dissatisfaction.
The 26-year-old has been one of the team’s few impressive performers in a bitterly disappointing season and has started 29 of their 30 Premier League matches.
Janmaat was due to take part in Holland’s friendly against France on Friday, but was forced to withdraw because of a knee problem and Blind offered an insight into the right-back’s state of mind.
“He wanted to be with us as he was dying to be in the spotlight, to attract, maybe, another club in case Newcastle United are actually relegated,” said Blind ahead of the match.
Newcastle are three points from safety with their next game coming against relegation-rivals Norwich.
The Canaries are occupying 17th place and are currently safe from the drop, but Newcastle could change that with a timely win on 2 April.
Rafael Benitez replaced the sacked Steve McClaren two weeks ago as Newcastle moved to halt their decline.
The 1-1 draw with Sunderland was the Magpies’ first league point after three consecutive defeats.
Janmaat’s Newcastle teammates Georginio Wijnaldum and Tim Krul are also regulars in Holland’s squad.
Blind says he sympathises with the Newcastle contingent in his squad, but has hinted that any Dutch player plying their trade in the Championship would find it very difficult to keep his place in the national team.
The former Ajax manager said: “It is worrying for me, but especially for the guys at Newcastle United.
“The level they are playing at doesn’t necessarily determine their place – it is also about the individual – but it is an advantage to play in the Premier League.
“Ultimately, it is included in my thinking. They realise that too.”
In other Newcastle news, the club has been rocked by the latest injury news.