In the interviews Alan Pardew has given today, he has talked about Jonas Gutierrez, who revealed a day or two ago that he has testicular cancer, and Jonas has had many messages of encouragement since then, from people all over the football world.
Jonas Gutierrez – testicular cancer
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Jonas today:
“I have to admire the way he has conducted himself. We honored his decision to keep it quiet until such time he felt comfortable.”
“I am sure people will use this as an example of hopefully how to deal with it. He has been incredibly brave to go on TV and give interviews. Someone will be diagnosed with it in the north-east today, it is that common.”
“All our love goes to him and we just send our best wishes.” “I have not spoken to the squad yet about it, but I intend to tomorrow or Saturday.”
“He was popular not just on the pitch, but also off it with his stupid singing and dancing and naked antics up and down the corridor.” “He is much missed. We send our love.”
The cancer was detected at a bad time in Jonas’ career at Newcastle, because at the time he was being told he had cancer – there wasn’t much of a future for him at the club, but as Alan has said – he’s an extremely popular man around the football world.
Jonas has really gone through a lot over the last year – since he was operated on last October – and had on e testicle removed.
We firmly believe that Jonas’ guts and spirit will see him be successful in his fight against cancer.
That’s what we are all hoping will happen.
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