Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jon[beta]s Sure United Will Be Stronger; Jon[beta]s Set for Surprises

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jon[beta]s Sure United Will Be Stronger; Jon[beta]s Set for Surprises

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Byline: Mark Douglas

JONAS Gutirrez is braced for another summer of transfer twists and turns at Newcastle United. But he is "confident" that the Magpies will emerge stronger for it - even if he accepts they may sell a big name over the close season.

During the course of a fantastic campaign the Magpies clinched a return to Europe and boss Alan Pardew won the LMA manager of the year award in recognition of his terrific work with a remodelled side. It has prompted optimism on Tyneside but Gutirrez is too long in the tooth to make any predictions about the shape of the squad for next season.

The midfielder has witnessed the good and the bad of transfer windows at United, with last January's addition of Papiss Cisse balancing out the surprise and uproar when Andy Carroll was sold the previous January.

The difference this time is that he has enough belief in the board, the scouting team and the coaching staff to convince him they will get it right again this summer. "Now the last game is out of the way, we will have the summer to start getting excited about next season," he said. "But a lot of things can happen in the summer, as you saw last season. It will probably not be until the August 31 when we know exactly where we are for next season.

"You have to wait until then before you can say what is going on.

"You never know in football. It's not just at this club, it is in football in general where all kinds of different things can happen.

"You never know when a player can go - we had that the other January with Andy Carroll. You never know, but I think the club did great things this year with their signings and I have confidence they will do great things again. It is a good position for us to be in."

United have been open and honest about their vulnerability to substantial bids for their blue chip players, while Demba Ba's contract situation makes him a special case. …

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