Former Newcastle United midfielder Siem de Jong has told the Dutch media he didn’t have plans to leave the Premier League side this summer.

This week De Jong returned to Ajax for a fee in the region of €2m after three seasons in England, after Rafael Benitez didn’t give the midfielder a Premier League chance.

Speaking to, De Jong was asked if was surprised about his move from Newcastle United to Ajax: “I didn’t take this into consideration this summer. Until the start of the English season, I only wanted to be with Newcastle. In the preseason I played a lot, but when the season started, I was no longer in the selection.”

De Jong signed for Newcastle United in 2014, and the Dutchman cost the Premier League side €9m. His appearances for the club were reduced due to injury, and last season he was sent out on loan to PSV.

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With the player no longer in the plans of Benitez, a return to the Netherlands always looked likely before the deadline.

The Dutchman didn’t feature in any of Newcastle United opening Premier League games, and last season spent the season on loan with PSV.