By Guus Hetterscheid
Luuk De Jong has reiterated his desire to leave Borussia Monchengladbach amid speculation linking him with a January move to Newcastle.
De Jong has found first-team opportunities hard to come by in the Bundesliga this season and did not feature in Friday's 2-0 defeat to leaders Bayern Munich.
The Dutchman has reportedly been identified by Alan Pardew as a top target as the Magpies boss looks to bolster his attacking options, and after the match he refused to rule out leaving this month.
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"[Against Bayern] I had to warm up for the whole of the second half. It's not funny anymore.
"I still have fun during training sessions, but on matchdays it's hard for me. I spend more time warming up than actually playing. It's hard for me to be important for the team.
"I try to convince the coach, but I have been trying all season. I played friendlies during the winter break, but everbody gets to play in those games.
"Monchengladbach knows that some clubs are interested in me. Those clubs have been informed, but there's no offer for me yet.
"Together with my dad and my agent I spoke with the club in the last week of December.
"We have spoken several times now. I don't know how big the chance is that I will leave this month. The technical director can probably say more about that.
"I don't know if the Premier League suits me more than the Bundesliga. I think I also showed I can compete in the Bundesliga.
"But the coach chooses other strikers at the moment. I understand it, because the team is doing very well. But it's hard for me."