JONAS Gutierrez says he had to leave Newcastle United – for the sake of his career.
Gutierrez yesterday joined Norwich City on loan for the rest of the season.
And the move, which could become permanent in the summer, reunites the midfielder with Chris Hughton, who managed him at Newcastle.
The 30-year-old made just two appearances for United in the first half of the season, and Gutierrez was forced to consider his future at the club, which he is under contract for another 18 months.
“In five years I played quite a lot,” said Gutierrez. “I found myself in a position which was quite new for me.
“I wasn’t involved much in the games, but that is football. It changes a lot. I want to be back and to play football.”
Gutierrez – who won’t be eligible to play against his former club at Carrow Road later this month – enjoyed his time working with Hughton at St James’s Park.
The Argentina player, signed a year before relegation, was an influential figure in the club’s revival
“I know him from the period we worked together in Newcastle,” Gutierrez told Norwich’s official website.
“It was the biggest point to me. It’s great to be here, and I want to do my best.”
Gutierrez – who has made 195 appearances, and scored 11 goals, for Newcastle – admits it will be a strange feeling to pull on another shirt after five and a half years at United.
“Of course, it was a great time I had there,” he said.
“I have a lot of friends there, It going to be different to train at another training ground and play at another stadium. But that is football.”
Hughton is also looking forward to reprising their working relationship.
“He’s a player that likes to work hard and train hard,” he said. “This is a fresh challenge for him. We look forward to working with him. He’s somebody that will certainly bring experience. He’s played close to 200 games for Newcastle, so he knows the Premier League very well.”