St James' Park, Newcastle

Next Game

Newcastle v Hull City

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St. Mary's Stadium

Last Game

Southampton 4 - 0 Newcastle

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Van der Wiel made right call

Gregory van der Wiel feels his decision to snub Newcastle United in favour of Paris St Germain has been justified.

Last Updated: 31/03/13 at 15:04 Post Comment

Gregory van der Wiel: Enjoying life in the French capital

Gregory van der Wiel: Enjoying life in the French capital

The Holland international had no shortage of options to consider last summer as he planned a move away from Ajax.

A transfer to England was mooted at one stage, with Newcastle leading the hunt for his signature.

Van der Wiel was, however, reluctant to try his luck on Tyneside and held out for a switch to France.

With PSG currently topping the Ligue 1 table and readying themselves for a quarter-final showdown with Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, the 25-year-old full-back believes he made the right call.

"I love it in Paris," said Van der Wiel.

"I had the chance to go to Newcastle but I didn't want to live in a place like that. I prefer Paris - everything is trendy and alive."

Van der Wiel is also relishing the opportunity to play alongside one of his boyhood idols in the form of David Beckham.

On the former England captain, he said: "When David entered the dressing room here for the first time, all the players looked at him.

"As young kids, we had all admired him. I admit I did too. As a little boy, he was my hero. When you see the way he talks to the players, his positive attitude, his calm nature, his effort to help every player at the club. He is a fantastic pro and person for everyone at PSG."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew - It's mass hysteria

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Chelsea's Jose Mourinho plays down Cristiano Ronaldo transfer talk

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has played down speculation about signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Premier League: Everton striker Samuel Eto'o convinces Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Samuel Eto'o is ready to be the starting striker.

Transfer news: Mario Balotelli wanted AC Milan exit, says CEO Adriano Galliani

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has confirmed that Mario Balotelli wanted to leave the club for Liverpool this summer.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property