Record-breaking striker hands transfer lifeline to Newcastle

After joining the La Liga team on loan for the season, Girona FC striker Valentin Castellanos has made it known that he wants to stay in Europe. Leeds United and Newcastle United are reportedly interested in the forward.

The attacker was loaned out from New York City FC to sister club Girona, and the Argentine youth international stated to Mundo Deportivo that he hopes to remain on the continent at the conclusion of this season because Leeds and Newcastle were unable to sign Castellanos.

Castellanos, a record-breaking MLS attacker for the Bronx-based team, was recognised as the league’s MVP after leading NYCFC to victory in the MLS Cup.

Leeds and Newcastle were reportedly interested in recruiting the 23-year-old striker as a result of his form.

Castellanos’ competition was ultimately won by Girona, who received assistance from City Football Group, the owners of both the Catalan club and NYCFC, to sign the striker on a one-year loan with a buyout option.

Castellanos has made an impression in his first foray into Europe, scoring a goal already, and he claims that he wants to stay on the continent and play for one of football’s elite teams after his current loan with Girona is over.

When asked if he wants to stay in Europe after this loan spell with Girona, Castellanos said: “Without a doubt, I want to stay in Europe. It’s always been my dream, that’s what I aspire to and that’s why I work every day. I feel I have what it takes to be in this league. “