By Matt Farr
Newcastle loanee Siem de Jong has revealed he will be back at St. James’ Park fighting for a first-team place next season.
De Jong was offloaded by Newcastle last summer in the hope that the forward could rediscover his goalscoring touch, having netted just one goal from his 21 appearances in all competitions last term.
The Dutchman returned to his homeland with defending champions PSV, where he has since scored seven goals from 21 appearances.
However, the 28-year-old has allayed fears that he is set for an immediate exit from the club upon his return to Newcastle at the end of the season, insisting he wants to be a part of the squad in Tyneside next term.
He said, as quoted by the Chronicle: “I hope they will be crowned champions, but even if they were not I would like to play a part in their campaign next season.
“They have made a good plan and I would like to be part of it.”
With Newcastle closing on an immediate return to the Premier League, Rafa Benitez will be drafting plans to add the necessary reinforcements to his squad to boost their chances of survival next term.
Many members of the Newcastle support have already urged Benitez to bring de Jong back into the squad at the end of his loan spell, after being impressed by his performances in Holland.
De Jong signed for Newcastle in a £6million deal in July 2014, and has three years left to run on his current deal.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are braced for a bid from Marseille for the services of this 23-year-old.