Newcastle United-linked Gregory van der Wiel not happy with Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc

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Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der Wiel, who has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, did not start against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der Wiel has told NOS that he was not happy with coach Laurent Blanc’s decision on Wednesday.

The Netherlands international right-back was dropped for PSG’s Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Van der Wiel was on the substitutes’ bench and came on only in the 118th minute in place of attacking midfielder Javier Pastore.

The 27-year-old has now spoken of his frustrations at the way Blanc handled the situation and has criticised the Frenchman.

“The coach did not tell me anything about it,” the former Ajax star told NOS, as translated by “This came as a big surprise.

"This is not the right way to drop a player. It's not usual to drop someone without explaining it, but apparently that's the way things go here.

"It's a real shame that I did not feature from the start, because these are the kinds of games you want to be part of.”

It seems that Van der Wiel is not happy at the manner in which Blanc dropped him against Chelsea, and he appears to criticise the Frenchman.

The defender has recently been linked with a move to Newcastle United, with talkSPORT reporting last week that the Premier League outfit “received a boost in their pursuit” of the right-back.

The report claimed that with Van der Wiel’s current contract with PSG running out in June 2016 and no new deal in place, the Magpies could make a move at the end of the season.

Although Van der Wiel is an important player for PSG, he does not appear to be too happy with Blanc at the moment, and this could play in Newcastle’s favour - if indeed they are interested in the defender.

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