JONAS Gutierrez has thanked Newcastle United’s fans for their support since he revealed he was battling cancer – but says he was ‘hurt’ by the club’s treatment.
Gutierrez – who had a testicle removed last year – is undergoing chemotherapy in his native Argentina.
The 31-year-old’s United team-mates wore T-shirts emblazoned with a “get well soon” message before last weekend’s game against Hull City, with the club’s fans sung his name.
“I am very happy for what the Newcastle fans did, and thankful to the supporters of Velez Sarsfield and Almagro,” the Argentina international told Todo Noticias.
“I am also thankful to all the people linked to football, because I have received very nice messages from them. All this gives me more strength not to give up.
“Many players of the national team gave me a call. Ezequiel Lavezzi and Martin Demichelis knew about my situation since the moment that I underwent surgery.
“Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi and Pablo Zabaleta have also given me their support.”
The winger has also told of his “hurt” at being told to find a new club earlier this year.
Gutierrez, in the last year of his Newcastle contract, spent the second half of last season on loan at Norwich City, and was told by United that he was no longer in the club’s plans.
“I don’t want to say if they were good or bad, I can’t judge them,” he said. “What I can say is that it hurt me very much when they told me to look for another team after that I had the surgery.
“I had been at the club for five years – that was tough.”