Newcastle Player Talks In Glowing Terms About His Mentor

DeAndre Yedlin was very keen to join Newcastle and he seemed to jump at the chance to join such a big club once manager Rafa Benitez went after him.

Rafa wanted to replace Daryl Janmaat, who didn’t want to play in England’s second division so he left the club for Watford after two years on Tyneside.

And the good news about DeAndre is that Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy didn’t ask too much for him – it was a fairly modest £5M he wanted for the 23 year-old.

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DeAndre Yedlin in action for Newcastle

Former German great Jurgen Klinsmann – who played at Tottenham for one season from 1994 as it turns out  – is now the US National manager and he was pleased when DeAndre joined a big club with a world-class manager in Rafa Benitez.

This is what Yedlin has said in the Chronicle today about his US manager:

“Jurgen has been huge in the whole movement of my career.” “Obviously, going into his squad has been big. The first camp he called me into was in January 2014 just before the World Cup.”

“That is known as the January camp and that includes MLS players because the season in the US runs from February to December meaning the MLS players are free to join up with the national team.”

“January is for players on the bubble, and it was my first camp. But from then on Jurgen has shown trust in me.”

“I didn’t think I’d be going to the World Cup but I played well against Mexico and then when the pre-World Cup games arrived he called me in again along with a few younger players.”

“We all just thought he was calling us in to get experience and get ready for maybe the next tournament.”

“But he ended up taking us to Brazil and from there I showed well at the World Cup and that ultimately got me to Europe.”

“It’s been my goal since I was a kid to play over here. Jurgen has shown so much trust in me.”

“Even when I was at Tottenham and I wasn’t playing or in the squad, he was calling me up to camps so I could get game time.”

“He has been instrumental in my development as a player.”

DeAndre has 40 international caps and he’s in the US squad to play against Cuba and New Zealand.

They will be on TV over here – so must remember to watch to see how DeAndre does.

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