Newcastle’s new signing Peter Lovenkrands has revealed how having a Scottish wife, who is pregnant and a wee daughter already, put pressure on him to do well in his trial at Newcastle United.
Peter Lovenkrands – motivated to do well at Newcastle
We had mentioned that Peter had a Scottish wife, after he was at Rangers for 6 years when he was just 20 years old, so that’s not particularly strange, and we knew it would be conveniently close to Glasgow and his in-laws.
But Peter has told the Sunday Sun today it was more than that:
“As a footballer, I wanted to play and test myself in the best league in the world,” “But I also wanted to come to the Premier League for my family’s sake.”
“I have a wee daughter and my wife — who is Scottish — is pregnant, so it was very important for me to go somewhere where we could get settled.”
“It was very tough for my wife to settle in Germany.”
“I wanted to get away to the Premier League in the summer, and I was very close to a move to Fulham, but it fell through in the last six hours of the transfer window.”
“After that, Schalke got a new coach who wanted to pick players who wanted to stay there, so I didn’t get too many games.”
“And with four months left on my contract it was agreed by both parties that it would be best for me to get away.”
So the offer of a trial at Newcastle was extremely welcome, but it also brought intense pressure on the Dane to get the deal done.
“I’ve been on tenterhooks for two weeks. It’s been a fantastic opportunity — my agent talked to a couple of other Premier League clubs.”
“But as soon as I knew about Newcastle, I wanted to come here — but it’s also been tough.”
“I wanted to come here so badly that it has been hard mentally for me, and hard for my family. But I’ve got the move now and I just can’t wait to get started.”
“I know the situation here. It’s serious, but it doesn’t scare me at all. We’ve got the players to come through it.”
“I’d do anything to prove myself over the next few months and win a long-term contract here,”
“I’m still very confident in my ability and very ambitious.”
“For example, I want to get back in the Denmark squad for the rest of the World Cup qualifying campaign.”
“I think I could still manage a sub-11 second 100 metres,”
We think we have one very motivated footballer here, and it also explains why he was unsettled at Schalke 04. It will be good to see him flying down that wing, and we’ll have to bring our stop watches.
There’s a saying – nobody is happy if Mama aint happy – and we can tell Peter that is very very true – so keep Mama happy and do great at Newcastle. 😀
Peter – one last thought – a few goals would be very nice too.