Salomon Rondon has given an interview that will surely tug at the heart strings of every Newcastle fan.
The Venezuelan striker was our top scorer and player of the year last season whilst on loan from WBA.
He tweeted this a few days ago on the anniversary of the home defeat to Liverpool:
A few days on, he’s now had this to say in a recent interview with The Chronicle, revealing his eagerness to return to Tyneside if the opportunity ever emerged:
“If you ask me again if I want to come back then of course. I have no doubt about going back to Newcastle.
“St James’s Park is so big. I remember going there for the first time, I think my two kids were with me, I went for a walk in the stadium and I took a picture when I went in the entrance.
“It was fantastic for me. To play there as a player is fantastic.
“I love to watch the videos, the clips of the games and that game against Everton and that’s why if there was a chance to go back to England in January – if it was Newcastle, in my heart there will always be a bigger space for Newcastle.
“I think about the noise, the supporters all of the time. I love the pressure. It’s the best. They are pushing me, I have to be at my best and then I score – and the noise is amazing.”
“But of course my priority now is in China and we will see what happens with the virus and the league. But if you give me the chance to come back then I will take it.”
Rondon then had this to say when asked about a potential takeover, saying he’s a keen following the story regarding a £300m Saudi buyout ‘very closely’:
“It’s interesting what’s happening, I follow it [the takeover] very closely.
“I hope it will be a good decision because I think Newcastle can be such a big team in the Premier League. It’s such a big club and I think with the right project then the club could be top five, top four.
“Everything is about the project, for the history, for the fans and it could be amazing for the club. Of course I dream of going back!”
It should have been a no brainer to secure his services considering that he wanted to sign permanently, and was available for £16.5m.
However, despite this, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley still managed to absolutely mess up such a simple situation, and and his arrival and departure was inextricably linked to Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle career.
Rafa had to fight to get him, and was told he couldn’t have him permanently because it made little financial sense, then we went and paid £40m (allegedly) for Joelinton, while demanding £20m for Dwight Gayle, who is only 1 month younger than Rondón. It’s enough to give you a headache.
When this takeover goes through, the way Salomón Rondón talks about our club will have us bursting with pride again, instead of that little flutter being numbed by the realisation that Mike Ashley is going to curtail any ambition if it becomes too much hassle.
Some of the players we’ve been linked with have been fanciful at best but for where we are now, Rondon would be a perfect fit.