Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat discusses busy Christmas period

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The Dutch international needs to get used to the idea of a busy festive period.

Even before starring at the World Cup Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat was being linked with plenty of different moves away from Dutch football. Teams in Germany, Italy and England were all keen on swooping for his services.

For a long time it was Arsenal who seemed the favourites to sign him, but in the end they went for Newcastle United's Mathieu Debuchy instead.

The Frenchman's departure from the North-East however left a gap at Newcastle United who filled it with Janmaat's presence for a fee believed to be in the region of £5 million - although that was actually before they had sold Debuchy, a pre-emptive strike.

The Dutchman has been an excellent acquisition, putting in star performances on a regular basis to earn his right among some of the best summer signings in the Premier League.

But one thing he won't be used to is the Christmas period in England. He has previously enjoyed a bit of down time over the holidays with Dutch football, of course that is not the case here. In England games are packed in over the restive period, with fixtures on Boxing Day and New Years' Day tradition.

Janmaat has been discussing just this very fact to the press in Holland this week. He certainly sounds like he would personally like the time off, but appreciates the fans love it:

"Yes, that's a bit different than the rest of Europe. We train in the morning, are at home all day and are off travelling at night to Manchester to play Boxing Day there.

"I think it's nice to be at home because it is a nice break. Just not football. But here it is different. Here people find it beautiful."

Janmaat will be taking on his former national coach in Louis van Gaal in the game and will be hoping that the holidays haven't got the better of him, so he can help Newcastle get the better of Manchester United.

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