Sky Sports are reporting that Salomon Rondon is lining up a move back to the Premier League this summer – and the striker himself has also talked up a return to the ‘best league in the world’.
He was adored during his season at St James’ Park, bagging 11 goals and seven assists under Rafa Benitez – not that this convinced Mike Ashley to spend just £16.5m on him the following summer!
After speaking to the 31-year-old, Sky Sports now claim that a return to the Premier League ‘appeals’ to Rondon and is something that could be agreed between himself and Dalian Pro, who allowed him to spend the second half of 2020/21 with CSKA Moscow.
In nine starts for CSKA, the big man was involved in six goals, with this coming after he netted nine goals and four assists in 14 Super League starts for Dalian Pro last season – meaning he’s scored a total of 30 goals and 16 assists since in his two seasons since leaving the club.
Here’s what the big man told Sky Sports when asked about his interaction with Alan Shearer, his love for the Premier League, successful spell at CSKA Moscow and likely move away from Dalian Pro should he receive an offer from England:
“I recently congratulated Alan Shearer on social media for being named in the Premier League Hall of Fame and lots of Newcastle fans replied with some nice comments.
“You do not forget those things of things.
“I feel a lot of love from them and the feeling is mutual.
“I must also mention the West Brom fans, who supported me from day one.
“I had some really happy years in the Premier League and produced my best football there and I continue to follow the league, which is, without doubt, the best in the world.
“I am under contract with Dalian Pro so any decision would depend on them, but they have always treated me really well, as they did with my loan to CSKA, where it went well.
“I have had a very good few months here on the pitch, I have scored goals and I have provided assists in a league that I know really well from my previous spell.
“I feel like I am in great form and I am continuing to enjoy my football. I feel really fortunate.”
He’ll be at the Copa America this summer with Venezuela, but once that is over we would be crazy not to consider another loan move for the big man.
Not only is he prove, keen to return, adored by the fans and someone who could form a lethal partnership with Callum Wilson, it could be a relatively cheap move to have him back for the season.