Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has said they will soon become a “massive club” on par with Manchester City and PSG after the club’s big-money takeover.
A Saudi-led consortium bought the club from Mike Ashley in October and promised to turn the Magpies into a team capable of rivaling the Premier League and Europe’s top flight.
The appointment of Eddie Howe as manager and a significant investment in players in January have already helped steer the club away from the relegation zone, but Shelvey says this is just the start.
What did Shelvey say?
Shelvey is full of praise for the impact Howe has had since replacing Steve Bruce, with the former Bournemouth boss helping to foster a strong team spirit.
“I love life here, Newcastle is a great place to live. Usually I only do three years and then move on, but I’m settled,” he said. Sky sports.
“Let’s not water it down, we had to be taken back. Everyone at the club is pulling in the same direction – the camaraderie around the place is something I’ve never seen before.
“I’ve never had a manager like that before. The first thing he did was give everyone a sheet of paper to write down the names of their wives and children, and all of our birthdays. He wants to know everything about everyone. I’m happy to be his cup of tea and I want to do everything to thank him.
“At some clubs you get the hump if you don’t play. Players can sometimes take a break from training, but at Newcastle the ones who don’t play train the next day while the others recover – they’re probably fitter than those who played the day before.
Asked about the club’s ambitions, the former Swansea and Liverpool midfielder said there was no limit to what he could achieve.
“This club will be huge. I’m talking massively about PSG and Man City,” he said. “It will take time, and it’s a building process, but Newcastle can go to the top. We all have to be patient. All I want is to be part of the process.
Shelvey eyes new deal
Shelvey also expressed his determination to impress Howe enough to land a new contract at St James’ Park and play his part in transforming the club.
The 30-year-old, who joined Newcastle from Swansea in 2016, will enter the final 12 months of his contract next season.
“I want to show the club that I deserve a few more years,” he added. “I would be happy to raise my hand and say I don’t deserve to be here if I felt like I can’t play at this high level anymore, but I want to stay as long as possible and be a part of it all. ”
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