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Wijnaldum 'devastated' by relegation with Newcastle

Leading scorer Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted his devastation at being unable to fire Newcastle to Premier League safety.

Wijnaldum is gutted about relegation to the Championship. Credit: PA

The 25-year-old Dutchman struck 11 times, two of them in the final-day 5-1 demolition of Tottenham, but was unable to prevent the Magpies from slipping into the Championship.

Wijnaldum, a £14.5m summer signing from PSV Eindhoven, told the club's official website www.nufc.co.uk:

In your first season if you can score 11 goals, it gives you confidence. But I'm devastated that my goals didn't help the club to survive. That's the feeling that I have right now and I think that's the feeling that will stay for a long time.

It's difficult to be happy if you're relegated. I scored goals, but they don't have a meaning any more because we are relegated. I've never played in this situation. I feel how it is to score but it will not help the team to survive, so I'm sad about that.

– Georginio Wijnaldum

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