Jonas Gutierrez determined to avoid dropping out of the Premier League with Newcastle

Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is determined to avoid suffering relegation out of the Premier League for a second time.

Jonas Gutierrez has told the Journal that he will be doing his utmost to avoid suffering a second relegation in his seven-year stint at Newcastle United.

The 31-year-old Argentinian, whose contract expires this summer, wants to avoid seeing his current club dropped into the Championship on the final day of the season. That's exactly what happened in 2009 after a damning defeat at Aston Villa, but the Magpies found themselves back in the top-flight a year later.

A point against West Ham United on Sunday should secure their position in the Premier League for another season, but a win would mathematically put it to bed. However, Newcastle have not won in 10 matches stretching back to February, despite John Carver sat there convincing himself that he is the best manager in England.

"I don't have another option that to just think about the game," Gutierrez told the Journal.

"It's the most important game I have had to play in seven years.

"The good thing is that we play at home and it's in our hands. A few players here know what it's like to go down, and it's not nice for the city, the players and the club.

"We need move forward to the next game and do it for the fans and the city."

After a successful battle against cancer, Gutierrez returned and found himself in a Premier League relegation mix. His mental strength has been sensed by the St James' Park faithful and their support for the midfielder has been terrific.

The emotional return proved that football can truly be the beautiful game. Everyone involved with football, rivals or not, was pleased to see Gutierrez back playing and in good health.

"The fans have been really good with me since I arrived, and through my illness. I really appreciate their support,” he added.

"I try do my best for the team and for them. That is more important."

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