Former Newcastle midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has been talking to Voetbal International in an exclusive interview today and he has said he does not regret signing for Newcastle last summer.
He points out that Newcastle United are a massive club in England and that isn’t really appreciated in Holland.
Gini went to Liverpool last month for £25M, after he told Rafa Benitez he wanted to leave the Tyneside club.
Gini Wijnaldum during pre-season
We paid about £14M for him last summer from PSV so it was a good deal for the club.
This is what Gini said:
“Last year lots of clubs wanted to sign me.”
“But I didn’t want to go to Italy, France or Germany — the Premier League was my aim. Everton were interested in me and I had a good feeling about them until I went to look at Newcastle.”
“People in Holland don’t realise what a gigantic club they are.” “And after a talk with Steve McClaren I was on board.”
“The club’s plans looked promising but, in practice, few of them came to fruition.”
“I have never lost as many matches in a season and in the end we went down.”
“But I stand behind my decision 100%.” “I went with my feelings and I can look back on a good season.”
“I can have no complaints about the good fortune I have had in my career.”
Of all the players we have lost this summer Gini is the one – along with Andros Townsend – that we most wanted to keep.
He didn’t play well for long stretches last season – that’s true – but he would be great playing in a good team – and we think Rafa will build a top team at Newcastle in a year or two.
Although Gini wanted to leave Newcastle he handled himself very well and very professionally all summer and continues to talk highly of the club.
That’s good – although we wish he had committed to Newcastle and stayed with the club.