Gini Wijnaldum: I'm happy at Newcastle and have no regrets

Gini Wijnaldum
Gini Wijnaldum

Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists he has no regrets about joining Newcastle United - despite their slump to the bottom of the Premier League.

Wijnaldum was United's biggest summer signing, joining the Magpies in a £14.5million deal from PSV Eindhoven.

The 23-year-old had enjoyed a stellar season in the Eredivisie, captaining PSV to the title and being named Dutch Player of the Year in the process.

But he has been forced to fight at the opposite end of the table this campaign, with Newcastle second-bottom and facing relegation from the Premier League despite Wijnaldum bagging nine goals.

However, the Holland international - set to start for the Netherlands against England at Wembley tonight - says he is still happy on Tyneside, and doesn't regret the move.

He said: “I knew it was difficult because they (Newcastle United) had a tough season last year but I made the choice with full confidence and I still do not regret it.

“I’m still happy there.

“I am just trying to do my thing and enjoy it – then you are at your best."

Wijnaldum has started every one of Newcastle's 30 Premier League games, and is the club's top scorer.

He has operated on the left, in centre midfield and just behind the striker, and new Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez admits getting the best out of the player will be key to their survival chances.

Asked what Wijnaldum’s best position is, Benitez said: “That is the problem – because he is so good, he can play everywhere and do well.

“We were thinking about where to play him the other day, and we said: ‘His best position could be behind the striker’.

“But because he is doing well he can play on the right, he can play on the left.

“I think that his best position is behind the striker but we need quality now out on the pitch, so he can help in any position.”