Georginio Wijnaldum does not regret moving to Newcastle United after leaving Dutch Champions PSV Eindhoven in the summer.
The 25-year-old captained PSV to their 22nd Eredivisie last season, but now the Dutch international faces a relegation scrap in the Premier League with eight games remaining.
“I knew it was difficult because they (Newcastle) had a tough season last year but I made the choice with full confidence and I still do not regret it,” Wijnaldum told RTV Rijnmond.
“I’m still happy there (at Newcastle). I am just trying to do my thing and enjoy it – then you are at your best,” added Wijnaldum.
The attacking-midfielder has netted nine goals this season, but has only scored two goals in 2016, which is a worry for fans.
Newcastle United midfielder featured for NT
Wijnaldum made an appearance for the Netherlands during their 3-2 loss against France on Friday, and admitted that he is “a little shocked” about the defeat.
Danny Blind had “trained this system” and whilst it worked to a degree, Wijnaldum told reporters the game did not go “as expected.”
With 24 caps for the Netherlands, Wijnaldum states he always “wants to play” but you can only “go with the choice of the coach.”
Can Rafael Benitez save Newcastle United?
Newcastle United still have a real possibility of going down this season, but with games against Norwich City, Swansea City and Aston Villa still to come, new manager Rafael Benitez remains hopeful that his side can beat the drop.
Having been in the job for just a matter of days, the Spaniard stated that “maybe” his task is “more difficult” than he had first expected.
Benitez isn’t concerned by the lack of leaders at Newcastle United, telling reporters that “it’s the same at the majority of teams now.
“You have good professionals, but you don’t have too many leaders,” added Benitez. “For me, the leaders have to be an example on the pitch, outside the pitch, and they have to have the respect of the other players, the staff, etc.”
Benitez’ next game comes away against Norwich City in what is a must win fixture on Saturday afternoon.