Salomon Rondon has spoken of how he’d love a return to Newcastle United in the future if given the chance, in conversation with The Mirror.
The Venezuela international spent the entirety of the 2018-19 season on loan with the Magpies from West Bromwich Albion.
He scored 12 goals in 33 appearances in the black and white stripes, exploits which saw him crowned Newcastle’s player of the year.
Currently playing for Chinese side Dalian Professional alongside fellow Newcastle hero Rafael Benitez, Rondon spoke of his admiration for the club and expressed his eagerness to return to St James’ Park.
“If you ask me again if I want to come back then of course,” the £150,000-a-week man is quoted by The Mirror as saying. “I have no doubt about going back to Newcastle.
“St James’s Park is so big. I remember going there for the first time, I think my two kids were with me, I went for a walk in the stadium and I took a picture when I went in the entrance. Then you think 50,000 fans will be there and my daughter said: ‘Dad, you will play here…?’ I will try!
“It was fantastic for me. To play there as a player is fantastic. But of course my priority now is in China and we will see what happens… but if you give me the chance to come back then I will take it.”
Rondon became a Toon Army fan favourite last year and, though a permanent move didn’t happen, he still remains fond of Newcastle, a feeling which is mutual with much of the Magpies supporters.
With Newcastle on the verge of a potentially lucrative takeover, the club could soon have the funds to bring high-profile players to St James’ Park, but it’s not going to happen overnight – the very top players will either be playing for, or are being eyed by, teams already in title and European contention.
A player like Rondon would be ideal as one of the first signings of the new era – he loves the club, knows it inside out, and has the quality to get a decent amount of goals for himself and others.