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Maradona is a Geordie? Gutierrez given blessing to stay in Toon.

Posted on August 21st, 2009 | One Comment |

Jonas: Wants to stay and fight.
Jonas: Wants to stay and fight.
Argentina coach, Diego Maradona has reassured Jonas Gutierrez that staying with Newcastle United will not affect his place in the Argentina squad.

Speaking of his chat with Maradona, Gutierrez reports:

“I’ve spoken to the national team coach and he says there is no problem for me being in the second division of English football. He said to take care, to do the things in my team, it’s no problem if I have to play in the second division, I’m going to be in the squad for qualification.

“And that was very important to hear. The words from the manager were encouraging. Now I am very happy about that because for me to play in the national team is a dream.

“If he had said ‘no you need to play in a top division’, it was going to be a difficult situation because I am very happy at Newcastle, but I want to play to with my national team, so it was going to be a difficult situation. But he told me it that no problems for me, it was important.”

Jonas, who was signed from Real Mallorca just over a year ago, and was recently linked with a possible move to Portmouth, went on to reassure fans that he has no intentions of leaving, and intends to help Newcastle United fight for promotion over the next season:

“My ambition is to get this club back into the Premier League. In the future and in the present – we have a good opportunity to get Newcastle back there. I am not thinking about going anywhere else at all. Of course I cannot say for sure that I am going to be here four years more, because things can happen in football. But I am here now and as long as I am here I will do my best for the team. The first two months of the season will be very important and we have to win our home matches and stay up the table.

Echoing the recent words of fellow winger, Damien Duff, who recently made a move to Roy Hodgson’s Fulham, he added:

“Last year was a strange difficult year for the club for the players and for the fans. It was a year of four coaches and no-one has known what was going to happen to the club.”

The wing maestro continued with a plea to live in the present, rather than constant speculation on what will happen in the future:

“You have to think in the present, not of what is going to happen in one week or two weeks. We know that we have not too many players in the squad, that will be difficult if nobody comes, because the season is very long and we have a lot of matches. But you think now in the present and not in the future. We know that starting the season winning that is the more important because it is difficult, harder and longer season. The more important is the three or four months because if you start good, you have a lot of opportunity to go up. This club cannot be in the second division, it has to be all the time in the premier league, so we want to fly and get Newcastle next year in the Premier League.”

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