Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Dancing to Gutierrez's Tune; Winger Feeling Right at Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Dancing to Gutierrez's Tune; Winger Feeling Right at Home

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Byline: Luke Edwards

JONAS Gutierrez has revealed he knew he had been accepted in the Newcastle dressing room when he was allowed to take control of the team's stereo.

Gutierrez has been superb for Newcastle so far this season and has quickly endeared himself to United supporters with his tireless work ethic and direct running style.

And the Argentina international has settled in just as quickly behind the scenes as he expressed his delight at his decision to swap the sunshine and pretty football of Spain for the intense pace and power of the Premier League.

"I'm really enjoying English football," said Gutierrez, who bought out the remainder of his contract at Real Mallorca to facilitate his move to Newcastle. "This has been a fantastic move for me.

"I was excited about coming here, but I have found it even better than I expected.

The team has not done as well as we'd hoped, but I really love playing for the club, the fans and the style of football suits me.

"I'm trying to do my best in every game and I think the fans can see that. It is special for me to be accepted so quickly by the fans and I will always do my very best for them. That is just the way I play the game, I have always been the same.

"I think I knew I had been accepted by the team when they let me play my music in the dressing room. They do not always like it, but we mix it up in there and I get my chance to show them what I like. It's a little bit of Argentina music, a little bit of electronic music. Is it popular? So so I'd say, some seem to quite like it, but they won't let me have it on the whole time, they'd kill me! It's just good to be part of the team and to feel happy here."

Gutierrez's move to Tyneside has been helped by the presence of his international team-mate Fabricio Coloccini and, for all of the criticism which has rightly been directed at the club's specialist recruitment team of Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez, they did well to land the pair.

While many foreign footballers struggle to adapt to the speed and physical nature of English football, Argentinians have a decent track record in this country going back to the seventies when former Newcastle manager Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa were a hit at Tottenham Hotspur. …

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