Gutierrez: I won't forgive Newcastle for how I was treated during cancer scare

The Argentine midfielder has criticised the club for not looking after him properly.

Gutierrez recently returned to first-team action at Newcastle.
Gutierrez recently returned to first-team action at Newcastle.

JONAS GUTIERREZ HOPES to remain at Newcastle but says that he will never forgive the club for the way in which he was treated during his recovery from testicular cancer.

The Argentine midfielder revealed that he was told to find a new club after returning to St James’s Park following surgery.

Gutierrez told Canal+: “I returned mid-November and, at the beginning to mid-December, the manager said I should find myself another club, that it was best.

“It is clear that [the Newcastle directors] look after the club’s interests but I think, in a situation like that, you need to consider other things, even more if you see I had been playing for five years before having this problem. I was always playing.”

The 31-year-old, whose contract with the Magpies expires this summer, insists that he is eager to extend his stay after seven years and nearly 200 appearances at the club.

“I won’t be able to forgive the way I’ve been treated. I understood the team at that time and that I needed to fight to return to the pitch,” he remarked.

“I think at times like that, you should look after the individual, the player.”

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The former Argentina international, who returned to first-team action at the end of February, also detailed how he paid for his own medical bills.

“I never asked for anything. I paid for it because, for me, the most important thing was my health,” he continued.

“If they thought it was okay to do it that way, then it’s okay. I never asked for anything and that’s it. I wasn’t interested.”

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