Tim Krul has opened up about his summer exit from the club, admitting that he was shown as lack of respect from Rafa Benitez, feeling ‘it wasn’t right’ how we was treat in the final few months of his Newcastle career – with the Spaniard making him train with the Academy.
The Dutchman returned to Tyneside over the summer hoping to reignite his Newcastle career after loan spells with Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, however it wasn’t to be.
Here he admits just how he felt wrongly treat in the months leading up to his eventual move to Brighton:
“I said to the gaffer, ‘Give me a chance, I’ll show you I’m back’.
“Rafa had different ideas. He said: ‘It doesn’t matter what you do’. That’s the business. We know we’re puppets to a certain extent.
“It wasn’t right. I think [Benitez] knows that as well. Listen, I know how football works. If somebody wants to get rid of you, I don’t mind. If the right offer comes, I’ll go; I wouldn’t sit there just for the sake of it, but the way it was done… I shouldn’t have been put in the Academy.
“I just wanted to be treated with respect. At least let me train with the first team.
“I felt I was back where I needed to be, but people were saying: ‘What’s up? Why is he in the Academy? Is he all right?’
“I had that doubt hanging over me, which was a shame. I’m lucky Brighton looked deeper and I try not to dwell on it. The train keeps rolling.”
Krul is a good honest bloke and it’s hard not to have sympathy for him here.
He’s a Geordie at heart and clearly returned full of beans to prove to Benitez that he could get back to his best. It wasn’t to be, and he clearly accepts that this is the brutal reality of modern day football, however making him train in the Academy is a little bit off for me.
Like we’re now seeing with Colback, maybe Benitez preferred to keep players away from the first-team if they don’t have a future, but there’s ways and means of going about it – especially when you’re dealing with such a good, loyal servant of the club as Krul had been.
Let us know your thoughts folks. Ruthless but right from Rafa, or harsh on Tim?