Rondon’s Newcastle stint
Salomon Rondon spent four seasons honing his craft in England.
The Venezuela international joined West Brom in the summer of 2015 from Russian outfit Zenit for a fee believed to be around £15m.
Rondon enjoyed a decent stint with the Baggies, notching over 120 appearances across all competitions.
However, when West Brom were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season, Rondon was loaned out to Newcastle United for the following campaign.
At the time, Rafael Benitez was in the dugout at St James’ Park, and despite the Spaniard being a fairly defensive-minded tactician, Rondon enjoyed a fruitful stint with the Magpies.
In total, Rondon scored 11 and assisted seven in 32 PL ties last term.
Rondon open to Newcastle return
However, despite his superb stint in the North East, Newcastle didn’t sign Rondon on a permanent basis.
This led to the 30-year-old moving to Chinese outfit Dalian Professional over the summer.
But even though he only spent one season at Newcastle, Rondon appears to have formed quite a connection with the club.
And in a recent interview, Rondon stated that he would have no doubts about rejoining the Magpies:
“If you ask me again if I want to come back then of course. 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.
“I love to watch the videos, the clips of the games and that game against Everton and that’s why if there was a chance to go back to England in January – if it was Newcastle, in my heart there will always be a bigger space for Newcastle.
“I think about the noise, the supporters all of the time. I love the pressure. It’s the best. They are pushing me, I have to be at my best and then I score – and the noise is amazing.”
Rondon did go on to state that his priority remains his commitments in China, but he would then reiterate that if given the chance, he will return to Newcastle:
“But of course my priority now is in China and we will see what happens with the virus and the league. But if you give me the chance to come back then I will take it.”
Newcastle’s fans would likely welcome Rondon back with open arms, given the fact that the Venezuelan’s replacement, Joelinton, has netted just once in 29 league ties this season.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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