Jesús Gámez still can’t forget Malaga. The right-back left the club in 2014 to join Atletico Madrid, where he stayed for two years before signing for Newcastle United this summer. But in an interview with El Desmarque this Friday, most of his talk was still about his childhood club.
The 31-year-old has revealed his desire to retire at the Spanish club, and when asked who he’ll support when the Albicelestes face Atleti this weekend, he obviously said the former.
But Gámez also talked a bit about Newcastle, where he’s excited for his first season despite being out of most games due to an injury: “I’m very happy, it’s a new experience which my family and I are enjoying. Football wise, I wish I was better than I am.
“I’ve been injured for a while with an achilles tendon thing. I will be available soon, I started training a bit today with the team. I got to play some preseason, but was screwed and decided to stop to recover well.”
The right-back was also asked to comment on Christan Atsu, who’s a former Malaga player and signed for Newcastle this summer as well: “He’s adapting little by little, because he arrived with the preseason finished. He’s having his minutes, is having good performance and the manager counts on him”.
Questioned about how the work with Rafa Benítez has been, the player said: “Truth is that it’s going very well. The team is young, we have many young players and they’re learning the tactical aspect fast, which was needed. The team is gathering concepts and improving very fast.”
Gámez has only two appearances for Newcastle so far. He made his debut for the EFL Cup against Cheltenham Town and then played seventeen minutes against Brighton for the Championship before being sidelined due to the injury.