Newcastle winger Gutierrez leaving to save his Argentina World Cup hopes
11 August 2009 10:03
Jonas Gutierrez wants to leave Newcastle as he fears a season in the Championship will hamper his chances of playing at next year's World Cup.
The Argentina winger, a £5.2million signing from Real Mallorca last summer, has been linked with a move to Greek side Olympiakos.
The 27-year-old, who was on the radar of Italian giants Roma last month, told The Times: 'I want to leave Newcastle and go to a club which will give me the chance to fight for a place in my national team.
'I believe if I play well in the Champions League (Argentina boss) Diego Maradona is going to take a look at me.'
Michael Owen, Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong, Obafemi Martins and David Edgar have all left St James' Park since the Magpies were relegated.