Newcastle United attacker Siem de Jong has been quoted as saying by The Sunderland Echo that club officials have told him that they want him to stay.
“If things don’t go my way, a return to Holland is certainly an option,” The Sunderland Echo quotes the 26-year-old as saying. “I have always loved life in my own country.
“He (Luuk de Jong) obviously didn’t set a great example. It crosses my mind at times to return to the Netherlands, but I will do my utmost and give my best to succeed here. And club officials have intimated they want me to stay.”
De Jong joined Newcastle from Dutch giants Ajax in the summer of 2014 amid hype and expectations.
However, a combination of injuries and a collapsed lung severely restricted the Dutchman’s playing time last season.
Now that the Netherlands international is fully fit, many would expect him to play regularly, but he is struggling to get into the Newcastle starting lineup.
The 26-year-old, who can play as an attacking midfielder or as a striker, has featured in only six Premier League games so far this season.
De Jong has created one chance, has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and has won one header and two tackles.
Newcastle are 17th in the Premier League table at the moment with 10 points from 12 matches, just two points above the relegation zone.