Former Sunderland attacker Boudewijn Zenden rules out Newcastle United move

Former Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Sunderland man Boudewijn Zenden says that he does not plan to work with Steve McClaren at Newcastle United.

Former Sunderland attacker Boudewijn Zenden has told Voetbal International that he spoke to Steve McClaren following his appointment as the Newcastle United head coach.

Former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest boss McClaren was handed the role at Newcastle earlier this month following his departure from Championship outfit Derby County in May.

The Englishman is still looking for an assistant, and Zenden has revealed that he held talks with him.

However, the former Liverpool and Middlesbrough attacker, who is currently the assistant manager at Jong PSV, has ruled out moving to Newcastle this summer.

“After his (Steve McClaren's) appointment, we really talked, but it's not like I am going there to work,” Zenden told Voetbal International.

“The rumours are obviously nice. They show that you have worked well with those people, but I am not going to Newcastle or Liverpool.”

Zenden is a well-respected figure in English football, and has played for the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool among others.

The 38-year-old has also worked as an assistant manager at London outfit Chelsea, and perhaps in the future he could become a manager in his own right.

Zenden also played for Spanish giants Barcelona, with whom he won La Liga in the 1998-99 season.

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