Attacker wants Newcastle reunion, schedules talks with Benitez (not Townsend)
By Will Butcher
Siem de Jong wants to rejoin Newcastle in the summer despite being on loan with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.
Speaking to Dutch publication Voetbal International, de Jong revealed that he is set for talks about his future with Magpies manager Rafael Benitez as he eyes a return to Newcastle.
“In the summer I will talk to Benitez about my prospects,” de Jong said. “It will be important for my future. I do not have a clause in my contract with PSV over a longer stay here.
“I am intending to stay at Newcastle next season, I want to make a new start in England with many matches in the Premier League.”
The 28-year-old attacker looks to have finally put his injury nightmares behind him, which have marred his stay at Newcastle since his move from Ajax back in the summer of 2014.
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Making 16 appearances for Eindhoven during his season-long loan, de Jong has had a hand in five goals in all competitions. Scoring three himself, he has also provided two assists.
However, it was believed that his Toon career was over after Benitez told de Jong to find a new club in the summer in order to gain first-team football.
But after a decent run of form in the red and white of PSV, de Jong could be set for a second chance with three and a half years still to run on his Newcastle contract.
Football Insider verdict:
There is no doubt that de Jong possesses massive quality that can unlock most top-tier defences. However, the Holland international must continue to prove to Benitez throughout the rest of the season that he can stay injury free and be worth keeping on Tyneside next season. If he does remain injury free, then Benitez should seriously consider giving him a second chance, whether that is in the Premier League or in the Championship. With Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez’s performances this season coming under scrutiny in the number 10 role, bringing de Jong back at the end of the season could be like a new signing.
In other Newcastle transfer news, fans have shared their verdict on the Toon’s dealings in the transfer window.
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