Newcastle United loan signing Jetro Willems has revealed he wants to stay at the club, according to a report by The Chronicle.
The Netherlands defender is working his way back from a devastating injury blow, but dismissed claims from German outlet Bild that he will miss nine months on the sidelines with a severe cruciate ligament rupture, tweeting he is still keeping to the original schedule and should be back on the pitch by September.
Sources told the newspaper: “If you had to ask Jetro whether he would go back to Newcastle, of course he would say yes if the option is there because he enjoyed his time at Newcastle. But the recovery is the first thing.”
Since moving to St James’ Park from Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan, Willems has made 20 appearances for the Magpies, and scored 2 goals and provided 3 assists in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
The 25-year-old has helped Steve Bruce’s Black and Whites to 2 clean sheets in the Premier League, averaging 1.9 tackles per game, and making 2 clearances on average in the English top tier (SofaScore).
Obviously this reveals Willems’ decision is that he wants to stay on Tyneside – it doesn’t come much clearer than ‘of course he would say yes’. Unfortunately though, it doesn’t actually mean he will stay, it’s just clear he wants to. Although the club retain the option to buy the left-back, his cruciate ligament tear has put a potential move in doubt.
The Dutch international is a hugely popular figure with fans and players alike, and despite the injury setback, it would be a real shame if the board didn’t try to sign him on a permanent contract in the summer.
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