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De Jong wants permanent Newcastle deal

Dutch striker Luuk de Jong has suggested that he would like to turn his loan deal at Newcastle into permanent move.

The 23-year-old arrived at St James’ Park on loan until the end of the season from Borussia M’gladbach and he was handed his first start in the 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

De Jong is clearly enjoying regular playing time having been mostly restricted to substitute appearances in Monchengladbach and he is hoping to earn a permanent deal with the Magpies.

“I would like to be important for this team, in terms of goals and assists, and work hard,” De Jong was quoted as saying in The Journal.

“I’m on loan with an option to stay and I would like to go on with this option if it is possible.

“I would like to try to impress enough to stay. It is a really big and nice club. I am really happy I have come here.

“I have played from the start here at Chelsea, I have played my first 90 minutes and I feel good. I hope I can keep going from here and I hope in the summer to stay.”

Luuk de Jong was regarded as one of Europe’s hottest prospects when he joined Borussia M’gladbach from Twente in the summer of 2012, and he showed some promise in his first Bundesliga season, notching 6 goals in 23 appearances.

However, he largely struggled for playing time this term, making 13 substitute appearances in the league, but only spending some 70 odd minutes on the pitch in total.

Mon 10 February, 2014
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