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Krul confirms Newcastle United return

2017-03-16 17:17
Tim Krul (Getty Images)
Tim Krul (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Netherlands international goalkeeper Tim Krul has confirmed he will return to Newcastle United at the end of the current season.

Krul is currently on-loan at AZ Alkmaar in a bid to regain full match fitness, after a long-term cruciate knee ligament injury kept him out of action for close to a year.

The 28-year-old initially joined Ajax Amsterdam while still in the process of recovery, but the form of 20-year-old Andre Onana kept him out of Peter Bosz starting XI - during the first six months of the season.

Since arriving at the Cheeseheads, the experienced goalkeeper has only been involved in one win during eight starts but played an integral role in their penalty shoot-out triumph in the KNVB Beker semi-final against Cambuur.

"Newcastle is where I'm going to go in the summer," he told Omroepwest. "If you have only a few months is off, then it all goes a bit faster. But if it is more than a year, you feel it in your body."

A return to St James Park will bring manager Rafa Benitez a selection headache for the first-team gloves, with Mat Selz, Rob Elliot and Kai Darlow all vying for the role.

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