By Coral Barry

Georginio Wijnaldum has claimed he is “happy” at Newcastle and admitted he knew what he was getting himself into when he joined the club last summer.

The attacking midfielder arrived from Feyenoord in a £14.5million deal and has established himself as one of the best Newcastle performers in a relegation-threatening season.

Wijnaldum, who is the club’s Premier League top scorer and has become a fans’ favourite after nine league goals from 30 appearances, has revealed he knew he could be helping Newcastle to avoid dropping into the Championship after their troubles last season.

“I knew it was difficult because they [Newcastle] had a tough season last year,” said Wijnaldum speaking to RTV Rijnmond. “But I made the choice with full confidence and I still do not regret it. I’m still happy there.”

Newcastle were in serious danger of relegation last term, but eventually finished 15th and four points above the drop zone.

Daryl Janmaat

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It has again been a similar story for the North-East club this campaign with the Magpies currently second from bottom of the table and three points from safety with eight league games left to play.

Wijnaldum’s international manager Danny Blind has already informed the media that his Newcastle teammate Daryl Janmaat has told him he wants to engineer a move away from St James’ Park.

It seems though as Wijnaldum is not ready to jump ship just yet and is still hopeful the Magpies can avoid relegation.

Newcastle travel to fellow relegation-battlers Norwich on Saturday knowing that a victory is a must if they are to keep their survival hopes alive.

In other Newcastle news, one former Real Madrid star has said he feels sorry for Magpies manager Rafael Benitez.