Jetro Willems reveals readiness for 'new challenge' amid Newcastle United interest

Jetro Willems has spoken about his future amid interest from Newcastle United.

Willems, a free agent after leaving Eintracht Frankfurt, is being considered as a potential replacement for Matt Ritchie, who could leave St James's Park this summer.

The 27-year-old – whose loan at Newcastle in the 2019/20 season was cut short by a knee injury – this week posted a farewell message to fans of the Bundesliga club, which had offered him a contract extension in January.

Hide Ad

Willems didn’t accept that offer as he felt he was ready for a “new challenge” away from Frankfurt. Speaking to Voetbalzone, Willems said: “It was a tough decision. The club offered me a contract extension in January, and I didn’t accept it due to various factors and circumstances. One of the main reasons is that I feel that I’m ready for a new challenge.”

Meanwhile, United head coach Steve Bruce will speak to Ritchie about his future now the season is over.

A message from the Football Clubs Editor

Hide Ad

Our aim is to provide you with the best, most up-to-date and most informative Newcastle United coverage 365 days a year.

This depth of coverage costs, so to help us maintain the high-quality reporting that you are used to, please consider taking out a subscription; sign up here.

Hide Ad
Jetro Willems.

Your support is much appreciated. Richard Mennear, Football Clubs Editor