Daryl Janmaat has given Newcastle United a welcome lift ahead of a summer of upheaval – by reiterating his commitment to the club.
Janmaat, signed from Feyenoord last year, was arguably the player of the season at St James’s Park.
I like this club – I love this club already – and I’d love to stay here.Daryl Janmaat
Few at the club enhanced their reputations during a troubled campaign, bar Janmaat and fellow new boy Ayoze Perez.
Defender Janmaat, having seamlessly adapted to English football after moving from his native Holland, is certain to attract interest in the summer.
But the 25-year-old, labelled a future Newcastle captain by head coach John Carver late last season, does not see himself leaving the club in the next transfer window.
“I like this club – I love this club already – and I’d love to stay here,” said Janmaat.
Janmaat, a fiercely-competitive right-back, had been linked with Manchester United before he moved to St James’s Park, having played under incoming manager Louis van Gaal for Holland in last summer’s World Cup finals.
Van Gaal, however, opted to strengthen elsewhere at Old Trafford last summer, and his team’s loss was Newcastle’s gain.
But Janmaat’s first year on Tyneside was anything but straightforward, and the club only stayed up on the final day the Premier League season.
John Carver’s side beat West Ham United last Sunday thanks to goals from Jonas Gutierrez and Moussa Sissoko.
And Janmaat says Newcastle must ensure there is no repeat next season.
“We’re happy, but we know we have to improve next season as a team and a club,” he said.
Janmaat has told of the relief he and his team-mates – who hadn’t won since late February – felt at the final whistle.
“It was a very nice feeling after so many defeats,” he said. “We needed a win, and it was a nice feeling.
“It was a rollercoaster game – it was up and down – but we had to win it.
“We knew Hull were playing, and it was important that they didn’t win, but we had it in our hands, and we won the game.”
In the build-up to the fixture, Carver – who still hopes to be named the club’s next permanent head coach – talked about the importance of handling the emotions of the day.
And Janmaat said: “That was the best thing we could do – handle the emotions of a tough game.
“I think the fans were fantastic, and they helped us get the three points.”