Club Focus – Newcastle United – Gutierrez happy to stay on Tyneside

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has confirmed that he is happy to stay with the club and is not looking to leave in the summer. The Argentine has featured in nearly every game this season but does not appear to be struggling with his fitness. He produced probably his best display of the campaign in last week’s win over Birmingham City with two of his crosses setting up both goals. Often Gutierrez’s final ball lets him down so it was encouraging to see him come up with two good deliveries to help win the game for Newcastle.

With a shortage of wide players in the current squad Gutierrez is often the only genuine winger in the team, forging a strong partnership with Jose Enrique down the left side. There has been some speculation linking the Argentina international with a move away from England. Speaking to the Evening Chronicle Gutierrez said: “I am very happy here, the only thing is the club has to focus on what it wants to do. We do not have too many players in the squad because of injuries, and this league is tough. It is a problem if you do not have players, but the future can be good here.” Gutierrez could find there is greater competition for places next season with another wide player on Alan Pardew’s list of priorities.

While Gutierrez appears happy to stay a Magpie the future of left-back Enrique may be less certain. The Spaniard’s form on his return to the top flight has seen him linked with a move to some of Europe’s top sides. Last week he was quoted as saying: “It is flattering that Liverpool are interested. I’ve also heard that Manchester United and Aston Villa have asked about me. They are both big teams and I’m not closing the door on anyone. I’m ambitious and want to play in the Champions League. I want to win things. I’m OK at Newcastle but I aspire to more.” Since the comments were published in the media Enrique has claimed that the quotes were taken completely out of context. With just a year left on his contract come the summer Enrique will hold most of the bargaining tools in any discussions over his future.

Steven Taylor could be set for a return from injury in this weekend’s match with Bolton Wanderers. The injury-plagued centre-back is recovering from a hamstring problem and is set to play for the reserves in their mid-week game against their Manchester United counterparts. Another player nearing a return is on-loan Stephen Ireland who could begin to full training at the end of the week. The Aston Villa-owned midfielder is yet to feature since joining Newcastle in January. Ireland has been struggling with a knee injury but he will need to make an impression before the season ends if he is to secure a move away in the summer.

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