Newcastle United round-up: De Jong happy with McClaren's playing style, Shaqiri not on radar

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A round-up of the latest news from St James's Park, as one player discusses the club's playing style.

Newcastle United star Siem de Jong has been discussing the great work Steve McClaren has done in the past in his home country with the Chronicle, where he took FC Twente to the title in his first season at the club.

Emphasising how McClaren's vision for the Magpies is to utilise a Dutch approach to the team's play, De Jong, who scored in the recent 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, made it clear that this would be something that would go down well with Netherlands players and those that had played in the Eredivisie.

“In Holland he was successful with a team that wasn’t winning a lot of titles," De Jong is quoted as telling the Chronicle.

“So it was a great prize for the team then.

“I have worked with him now for a couple of weeks and he wants to play the same way we are used to in Holland.

“For us Dutch guys that’s nice. I think there is a clear vision of how we want to play.”

Explaining a little bit about what that means tactically, De Jong added: “We want to press the opponents more.

“And we want to play when we have the ball and create chances by keeping the ball and finding the right way to play."

One player who won't be joining this new Magpies revolution is Inter's Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri, who the Chronicle have stated is not interesting McClaren.

The Champions League winner is available after just a few months in Milan, but is not on the former England manager's shortlist.

Elsewhere, the move for Charlie Austin is still being discussed, while Chancel Mbemba is waiting on the visa that will see his switch completed, with the Anderlecht star bidding goodbye to the supporters in Belgium after a recent friendly. 

And finally, it has been revealed that Sunderland stepped away from initial interest in Newcastle newboy Aleksandar Mitrovic according to the Shields Gazette, with Dick Advocaat having doubts about the Serb's attitude and playing style. How he might regret such a decision when the Tyne-Wear derbies come around in the new season.

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