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Salomon Rondon admits he would jump at chance to rejoin Newcastle in January

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Salomon Rondon admits he would jump at chance to rejoin Newcastle in January

Salomon Rondon has told the Guardian that he would jump at the chance to rejoin Newcastle United in the January transfer window, just over a year after leaving the club and moving to China with Rafa Benitez.

During the 2018-19 campaign, 31-year-old Rondon scored an impressive 12 goals in 33 league and cup appearances for Newcastle while on loan at the club from West Brom – as well as adding seven assists.

Newcastle fans implored owner Mike Ashley to sign the 81-time Venezuela international on a permanent basis, but he opted against doing so and Rondon moved to Chinese side Dalian Yifang – where Rafa Benitez became manager.

 

Since then, Rondon has scored 14 goals and laid on seven assists in just 25 appearances. But asked if he would be open to a return to Newcastle in January – with the CSL ending in November – Rondon stated he would love to rejoin the Toon.

“A footballer’s career is so short and I try to take care of my family, my kids and my future,” Rondon said. “But if, in January, I had a chance to sign for Newcastle I would do it because they gave me a lot and I felt so much when I was at St James’.”

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TBR’s view – Rondon would be good cover for Callum Wilson

But Rondon is no longer needed on Tyneside as much as he was during 2018-19 and 2019-20. Wilson has since joined the club from Bournemouth and has netted two Premier League goals in Newcastle’s opening three games.

If Rondon rejoined, and owner Mike Ashley sanctioned a move to sign the £154k-a-week (Guardian) star, then he would be good cover for Wilson – but would fail to start. He has two years remaining on his Dalian contract, following his £16.5million move (iNews).

(Photo by Leila Coker/ MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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