Danny Blind claims this Newcastle star was desperate to play for the Netherlands to put himself in the shop window

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Blind says Daryl Janmaat was gutted to have to withdraw from action as he wanted to impress potential suitors in case the Magpies are relegated.

Netherlands manager Danny Blind has told De Telegraaf that Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat was desperate to play for his country in the upcoming international friendlies as he wanted to impress potential buyers in case the Magpies are relegated, as quoted by the Shields Gazette.

Janmaat was named in Blind's squad for this week's games against France and England but had to pull out after picking up an injury in the Tyne-Wear derby draw with Sunderland on Sunday.

The 26-year-old right-back signed a six-year deal when he joined Newcastle from Feyenoord in 2014, but it appears he has no intention of staying with the club if they will be playing in the Championship next season.

Blind confirmed that the defender regretted having to withdraw from the club as he hoped he would impress potential suitors with his performances for his country with the view to leaving St. James' Park in the summer if the Magpies do not survive.

The Netherlands boss told De Telegraaf, as quoted by the Shields Gazette: "He wanted to be with us because he is anxious to be in the spotlight of another club, in case Newcastle United are actually relegated."

Janmaat is part of a large Dutch contingent at the North East club, with his compatriots Tim Krul, Vurnon Anita, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Siem de Jong all also at St. James' Park.

The defender, who has won 27 caps for his country, has been a key player for the Magpies this season, making 32 appearances in all competitions, and his potential exit would be a big loss for the club if they find themselves preparing for a first Championship campaign since 2009-10.

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