Newcastle flop Luuk de Jong wants to forget Toon spell and show the ‘world’ his ability

Chelsea's David Luiz and Newcastle United's Luuk De Jong battle for the ball
Chelsea's David Luiz and Newcastle United's Luuk De Jong battle for the ball

Newcastle flop Luuk De Jong has lifted the lid on his “difficult” spell in the Premier League but insists he does not have a point to prove.

De Jong will captain PSV Eindhoven against Manchester United tomorrow night in their Champions League opener.

And the 25-year-old - who endured a miserable time on loan in 2014 - is looking to show the “world” his ability up front.

He failed to score in 12 appearances for Newcastle, and he admits it is a spell in his career he is keen to forget.

“In Newcastle I really didn’t play as a main striker, I had to play as a No.10,” said De Jong ahead of the European fixture.

“I wanted to play as a striker, that’s my favourite position.

“They knew that at Newcastle, but it was difficult for me.

“Of course, I want to show the world what I am like as a striker, particularly against a club like Manchester United.

“It’s a different level to the Dutch league for every player in our squad and a great stage to show yourself.

“But the time at Newcastle is something I want to forget.

“I’m very happy now here at PSV.”