Allan Saint-Maximin has revealed that the “love” he’s received from Newcastle United fans is the main reason he decided to stay at St James’ Park this summer.
The electric Frenchman had been tipped to seek a big move away from Tyneside over the past few months, with Everton linked with the 24-year-old at one stage.
However, he’s insisted that his special connection with the Toon Army has convinced him to give back to those who’ve supported him ever since he made that £16.5m move from Nice back in 2019.
Interestingly, he also states that supporters “deserve more” than what they’ve been served up since he signed – a telling message that suggests he is fully aware that our fanbase and this club warrants much more than simply battling to survive each year.
Here’s what he had to say in a recent interview with NUFC TV:
“It is a really good connection [with Newcastle fans].
“That’s why I decided to stay at Newcastle for the love they give me. The support they give me and they deserve more to be honest.
“That’s why you know, last season without supporters it was a long time.
“Every goal I scored I couldn’t celebrate with the supporters so, I really feel in my head, you have to score quick to go and see the crowd.
“That’s what I do. I thought it was the winning goal but they scored two minutes after in the 96th minute. This can happen so I have to keep going and to do my best to help the team win.”