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Keegan hails Jonas versatility

22 Jul 2008 - 16:15:45

Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan has hinted that new signing Jonas Gutierrez could be utilised in a support role to a main striker for the Magpies.

The 25-year-old Argentina international made his name with Real Mallorca as a winger, but Keegan believes that the South American could be a success in other positions.

He told the Gazette: "When you see him in training, you know he can play anywhere. He's absolutely top quality, and the fans are going to really like him.

"He knows the game and he can play. He sees all the pitch and maybe could play off a frontman as well.

"I've never asked him that, but when you see him in training he's another one who can really run and cover the ground."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Tim Krul has played down talk of him leaving St James' Park this summer, as he continues his rehabilitation following a shoulder injury.

He told the club's official website: "There's been a lot of speculation and I saw in a couple of papers it's already done, but it's just talk.

"There's always interest, but I need to get myself fit, prove myself and see what's happening.

"You never know what your future is. It can happen in one day, or it can happen in two or three years."

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