Tim Krul won’t give up on the fight to be Newcastle United No 1

Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul
Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul
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TIM Krul has dismissed talk he is on his way out of St James’s Park – and reaffirmed his commitment to Newcastle United.

There has been speculation that the 22-year-old will leave the club in the summer.

But manager Alan Pardew – who restored Steve Harper to his team at the expense of Krul after he returned from injury in January – insisted he won’t make a decision on his No 1 goalkeeper for next season until the summer.

Pardew will also have Fraser Forster back from a year-long loan at Celtic, and it looks like being a three-way battle for the goalkeeping jersey.

And Krul – who made 15 Premier League appearances during Harper’s three-month spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury – is up for the fight.

“This manager made it really clear that in summer he’ll see who’s going to be the No1,” Krul said.

“I really think this manager gives you a fair chance, and that’s all you can ask.”

Asked about stories concerning his future, the Holland Under-21 international went on: “That was rubbish. For me, I’m committed to Newcastle. I enjoyed so much playing in the Premier League, and I just want to play for Newcastle in the Premier League.

“It was amazing playing Chelsea and Liverpool at home, and I’m just looking forward to the next period.

“This season has been more than I expected. Of course I was disappointed I was out of the team, because I really enjoyed my time in the goal. I thought I did well. It was a great experience, and I can’t wait for the next period in the goal.”

Pardew was at St James’s Park on Wednesday to see Krul make three superb saves for Newcastle’s reserves in their 2-1 win over Arsenal.

And Krul revealed he had asked goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman to be involved as he needed match practice, having not played a first-team game since United’s FA Cup defeat at Stevenage two months ago.

“It was good to get 90 minutes – that’s what you want from these kind of games,” said Krul. “I’m really pleased how it went.

“It was perfect timing. I was speaking with my goalie coach Andy Woodman, and I said ‘I need a game’. It’s always nice to get a win and make some saves, it couldn’t have been better.

“The important thing about these games is to put pressure on the manager and show that I’m here.”