DARYL Janmaat may have turned down Champions League football to move to Newcastle United – but he sees no reason why he can’t play in Europe for his new team.
The right-back was unveiled as Newcastle’s sixth signing of the summer after joining from Dutch side Feyenoord yesterday on a six-year deal.
It completed a whirlwind few weeks for the 24-year-old, who only touched back down in Holland on Sunday after returning from the World Cup in Brazil.
Twelve hours later he was on board a flight to Newcastle after the Magpies agreed a fee – believed to be £5m – with Feyenoord for his services.
A medical and personal terms duly completed, he then returned to Holland on Tuesday for a well-earned rest – though a delay in the paperwork meant he couldn’t be officially announced as a Newcastle player until last night.
Janmaat will have a quick recharge of his batteries before linking up with his new team-mates when they return from their pre-season tour of New Zealand.
Then it will be a case of preparing for the new Premier League season – though he could have been getting ready for a Champions League qualifier with Feyenoord this month after helping them to second spot in the Eredivisie last season.
Not that he has any regrets.
“Newcastle is much bigger than Feyenoord,” he said. “Feyenoord are a big club, but the league is not as big as the Premier League.
“It excites me of course. It’s one of the best leagues in Europe and everyone wants to play in it.
“First I want to play as much as possible and maybe European football in the future would be fantastic.”
What was also fantastic for the right-back was the World Cup adventure he enjoyed with Holland.
Janmaat started all three group games, including the stunning opener where they beat defending champions Spain 5-1, before being dropped by manager Louis Van Gaal for the knockout stage.
However, he did come on as a substitute in the semi-final defeat against Argentina, and played in the play-off match against Brazil which saw Holland finish in third spot.
It was something which will live long in his memory.
“It was big experience for me,” he said. “We did very well and did a great job, and finished in third place. Nobody expected us to do so well.
It was amazing, not only the football but the whole country. To hold it in Brazil was fantastic.”
And his best memory?
“I think the first game against Spain when we won 5-1, that was a fantastic moment.
“They beat us in the final in 2010 so it was great to get them back.”