Daryl Janmaat reveals who told him to quit Newcastle United

Daryl Janmaat.
Daryl Janmaat.

Daryl Janmaat has claimed he had to leave Newcastle United – for the sake of his international career.

Fans on Tyneside haven't forgiven Janmaat for leaving the club in the wake of relegation to the Championship in 2016.

Janmaat – who had missed the last weeks of the season after punching a wall at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium – joined this afternoon's FA Cup opponents Watford after just two years at St James's Park.

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The Holland international – who had a strong first season at Newcastle – was booed by United fans at Vicarage Road for the Premier League meeting between the two clubs last month.

And Janmaat is likely to be given a hot reception at his former home if he plays in the fourth-round tie.

Speaking to Watford's official website ahead of the game, the 29-year-old said: "I have been up there and I have played against them at home, but it’s always good to go back to Newcastle.

“It’s a great club, and I really enjoyed being a part of it.

“I left when Newcastle United were relegated, but it was nothing personal.

“The national team manager at the time (Danny Blind) told me I had to be playing in the Premier League, and that was very important to me, so that was the main reason.

“I still think Newcastle is a great club and the fans are so passionate.

“It’s a big club with huge potential, and I was very happy when they came back up to the top level. Hopefully, they can keep progressing.”