Former Newcastle full-back Kevin Mbabu has confirmed that he plans to return to the Premier League ‘soon’ following his rise to form with Young Boys and recent call up to the senior Switzerland squad.
The 23-year old has also reflected on his ‘great memories’ at Newcastle United, insisting that he has no regrets despite struggling to play more than a handful of games for our first team.
Not only has he recently made his debut for the Swiss national team and lead Young Boys to their first league title in 32 years, he will now be playing in this year’s Champions League – with their group including both Man Utd and Juventus.
Here’s what he had to say when speaking before Switzerland’s game with England in Leicester earlier this week, admitting that he has ‘great memories’ after his spell at St James’ Park and that he plans to return ‘soon’ following his rise to form at Young Boys:
“I spent four years and I have great memories. It’s like a homecoming for me,”
“I enjoyed my stay in Newcastle. And England is a special country. I hope to play there soon, I really would like to return.”
Despite struggling to break through into our first team on a regular basis and being axed by Rafa Benitez, Mbabu then explained why he has no regrets about his time on Tyneside:
“I am here today thanks to all the stages of my career. England has been very helpful to me. Without it, I would not have the same path.
“Although I played little with the Newcastle first team, I learned a lot. Especially mentally. It is a very good experience that I do not regret at all.”
I can’t see him returning to Tyneside – with Rafa having to swallow his pride if he’s to re-sign the player he rejected just recently – however it will be interesting to see if any Premier League clubs do up their interest in him over the coming windows.
It’s easy to say in hindsight, but I will never quite understand why we didn’t give him a chance given he impressed whenever he was given a rare chance in the first team.
Given his rise to form in Switzerland, this looks like another one we may live to regret..
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