At the end of the 2013 Premier League season fans were shocked to find out that Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez had been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The Argentine had became a firm favourite at St James' Park before his illness left him out of the side and facing a long and costly battle with cancer.
Gutierrez spoke to French television channel Canal+ about recovering from his illness. The 31-year-old described the last two years as the worst of his life. The Argentine told reporters of his less than happy return to Newcastle United.
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Gutierrez was quoted by the Mirror as saying: “I returned mid-November and at the beginning to mid-December the manager said I should find myself another club, that it was best... er, I understand a lot of things about football that, well, that for the directors it is a business, no?
“It is clear that they look after the club’s interests, but I think in a situation like that, you need to save (consider) other things, even more if you see I had been playing for five years before having this problem, I was always playing.”
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Gutierrez found himself sent out on loan to Norwich City by Magpies boss, Alan Pardew. The Argentine was to be plagued by further injury after only four games. The defender then returned to Newcastle where he was under contract until 2015.
Issues over financial support
During the interview with Canal+, Gutierrez revealed his resentment over his treatment at newcastle. Gutierrez said: “I won’t be able to forgive the way I’ve been treated, no?
“Because I understood the team at that time (wasn’t doing so well?) that one needed to fight to return to the pitch," he continued. “Well I don’t think it was the right time nor the circumstances and I think at times like that, you should look after the individual, the player.”
Gutierrez added: “I never asked for anything. I paid for it because for me, the most important thing, as I told you, was my health.
“If they thought it was OK to do it that way, then it’s OK. I never asked for anything and that’s it. I wasn’t interested.
“But it’s also difficult to get other people to understand because for everyone their own troubles are more important, aren’t they?”
Since Gutierrez's traumatic ordeal he has made a full recovery and recently made a substitute appearance against Manchester United where he received a standing ovation from the crowd.