Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez made his inspiring return to football last month having been given the all clear in his battle against Cancer.
It’s a moving story, and he has been warmly welcomed back by the Newcastle fans, however, according to French site So Foot not everyone was as supportive.
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The Argentine made his long awaited return to the pitch against Manchester United recently, but he has now revealed that it wouldn’t have happened had former manager Alan Pardew still been in charge.
And he has insisted that though he cannot thank the fans enough for their support, he will never forgive the club for the way he was treated.
“I’ll never forget how I was treated,” the 31-year-old said.
“I was operated on in Argentina, they removed the testicle. The post-op analyses were good, so I came back to England in November 2013.
“But the manager, Pardew, told me to find a new club, that it was best for everyone.
“I know he was acting in the interests of the club, but I think in such moments, you need to take more things into account, like my service to and longevity with the club.
“You need to take the human side ahead of the simple playing side. But I never asked for anything, I paid for the treatment myself because health is the most important thing.”