Newcastle player suggests McClaren exit is good for him, shares conversation with Benitez

Newcastle United are fighting for survival in the Premier League at the moment.

Newcastle United attacker Siem de Jong has revealed to The Shields Gazette the conversation he has had with new manager Rafael Benitez.

The 27-year-old, who can play as an attacking midfielder or as a striker, is ready to play his role in saving Newcastle from going down to the Championship at the end of the season.

The Netherlands international has also suggested that he was not too sad to see Steve McClaren sacked as the Premier League club’s head coach earlier this month.

“I think it’s good for me,” De Jong told The Shields Gazette in regard to McClaren’s exit. “I just came back from a strange injury on the eye but I am happy to be back in the team.

“The manager talks to me about what he wants. That’s good, and I think he’s doing well and get the team play the way he wants.”

De Jong has been on the books of Newcastle since 2014, but he has struggled to make an impact due to fitness issues.

The Dutchman is now fully fit and is raring to go, and this can only be good news for the Magpies.

The former Ajax star is a very good and talented player, and he will certainly be determined to make up for lost time.

Newcastle are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment and are in real danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

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