By Coral Barry
Georginio Wijnaldum insists he has yet to decide if will leave Newcastle this summer because he is still getting over the pain of relegation.
Speculation that the Newcastle top goalscorer was seeking a move away from St James’ Park intensified last week after his agent claimed his player was weighing up his options.
Wijnaldum admitted a possible transfer was something he would have to think about, but revealed he is still struggling with the relisation that Newcastle are no longer a Premier League club.
“It’s something I can’t think about,” said Winjnaldum speaking to the Northern Chronicle. “All I can say is I’m devastated that we are out of the Premier League. It’s hurt me a lot.
“First that feeling must go away and then I will see how I feel. It was devastating.”
Wijnaldum ended the campaign as the club’s top scorer with 11 goals in the league – he also supplied five assists – and has caught the attention of leading clubs.
He added to the Chronicle: “Unfortunately my 11 goals did not help the club stay in the Premier League so I am upset about it.
“I don’t know how long it will take to get over. I will take my time to get over it. Time will tell.”
The versatile attacker, who can play through the middle or on the flank, signed a five-year contract last summer when he signed from PSV in a £14.7million deal.
Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Andros Townsend have all been mooted as possible departures as Newcastle look to balance the books for their upcoming Championship season.
However Rafael Benitez insisted at a press conference last week that he could veto the transfer of any of his stars.
Each of Wijnaldum’s 11 goals came at home and the attacker gave prospective buyers 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 has also had to endure disappointment on the international stage, with Holland the most noticeable absentees from this summer’s European Championships after failing to make it out of their qualifying group.
The attacker is currently on duty with the Holland squad as they prepare for further friendlies with Poland and Austria after drawing with the Republic of Ireland 1-1 on Friday.
In other Newcastle news, another one of the Magpies players has hinted he has decided to stay at St James’ Park this summer.