On-loan Newcastle United striker Seydou Doumbia has told Africatopsports that he opted to join the club because of the club’s history of being in the top flight, vocegiallorossa.it report.
His record in front of goal during his stint in the Russian capital was impressive and many felt he could have had his pick of a number of English clubs who were seemingly interested in his services.
Doumbia, however, chose Newcastle after hearing of their proposal late in the January transfer window and explained how the club’s history of being in the top flight convinced him to join.
“"t was three days before the end of the transfer market when I get the proposal from Newcastle on loan. I found it interesting because the club is regularly in the Premier League or at least 6-7 years," he was quoted as saying by vocegiallorossa.it
"For now, it's going pretty well. I do not regret coming here. It is clear that it is not easy for a player to arrive in these conditions and during the January transfer window. "
Despite the hype surrounding his arrival, Doumbia has struggled to find his rhythm at St James’ Park and has only featured in the Premier League on three separate occasions.
The Magpies currently find themselves deep in relegation trouble and Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Southampton has left them arguably needing at least three wins from their remaining games to avoid the drop.
Doumbia's reason for joining Newcastle because of their top-flight status now seems a little ironic but, despite his loan side’s troubles, he has his heart set on a permanent switch to England.
He added: "I can not say if I will join Newcastle permanently. But I will continue in the English league. In any case, this is a loan that will last until the end of May."