Tim Krul will return from his loan spell at AZ Alkmaar in the summer for pre-season and he hopes to still have a future at Newcastle United, whom he joined back in 2005 when he was just 17.
Since then Tim has married a Newcastle girl and they have a young daughter and he has said today in the local press that Newcastle has been a massive part of his life for the last 12 years.
Tim Krul – keen to be part of Rafa revolution
And Tim certainly wants to be part of the Rafa revolution on Tyneside and now that he has fully recovered from the serious ACL injury he picked up in October of 2015 playing for the Netherlands, he will be all out to regain the number one spot in the Newcastle goal.
This is what Tom has said today as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“It’s been a while – I’m looking forward to going back there after completing my loan at AZ.”
“I’ve been at Newcastle for 11 seasons. It’s part of my life – a massive part of my life. “My wife is from Newcastle. My little girl was born in Newcastle.”
“I’ve got more links to Newcastle than just football.” “That’s something to be massively proud of.”
“We’ve got a world-class manager, and Newcastle has massive potential,”
“It’s not going to be easy, because the Premier League is a different story, but there’s a positive vibe with the fans fully behind the club again.”
“With the right additions, they could be a force, because the team spirit they have now is like what we had when we got promoted.”
“That kick-starts you in the Premier League.”
The 28-year-old still has a couple of games to play for Alkmaar when they meet FC Utrecht in a two-legged play-off final to qualify for next season’s Europa League.
The first leg is tonight at the AFAS Stadium with Alkmaar playing at home.
Tim Krul was given a year’s extension to his contract last summer by Rafa and now has one year left on his contract.
This pre-season is crucial for Tim if he wants to stay at Newcastle, with both Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot challenging strongly for the number one goalkeeper jersey at Newcastle.
And Rafa may also bring in another goalkeeper this summer.
Here’s a poll we brought out in mid-March asking readers who would be Newcastle’s goalkeeper next season.
At the time Karl Darlow was the regular goalkeeper in the side and had a very good season for us.
What do you think?