Newcastle United midfielder Siem de Jong has revealed that he is not sure what the future holds for him after his club was relegated into the Championship for the first time in six seasons.
The 27-year-old has had a difficult time ever since joining the Magpies a couple of seasons ago, where he spent most of his time away from the game due to injuries.
Even though he remained relatively injury free in the latter half of the second year, the Dutch international saw his opportunities grow fewer under the current boss Rafa Benitez, who did not give the former Ajax midfielder much chance in the 10 league games he managed.
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De Jong, who joined the Toon Army after spending seven seasons with the Dutch champions, where he made 168 appearances for the club and scored 57 goals, managed to make just 22 league appearances in two seasons at St James’ Park and has just a single league goal to his name.
There are reports that current boss Benitez is expected to stay at the club, and that he has already informed the club chairman that he wants to keep most of the current squad for the upcoming season.
However, the Dutch international, while talking with Fox Sports, said that he has not heard anything from the club, and he will look for options once the club hierarchy informs him with the decision regarding his career.
“If the club says I may be sold or rented out, I look at all the possibilities,” said De Jong. “I think about everything.”
The Switzerland-born creative midfielder also went on to express his desire to join his former club Ajax to get more play time but conceded that it will not be an easy decision to make.
“Ajax is always an option,” he added. “I want to play again, get into a rhythm. It will not be easy for me. I hope for a good solution.”
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