Krul wants Newcastle stay
Tim Krul wants to stay at Newcastle for a 'long time' and has set his sights on becoming Holland's No.1 in time for Euro 2012.
Last Updated: 15/12/11 9:16am
Tim Krul wants to stay at Newcastle for a 'long time' and has set his sights on winning a first-team place for Holland in time for Euro 2012.
The goalkeeper has emerged as one of the best in the business in the Premier League this season and at just 23 years of age still has plenty of time to develop.
Krul's form has seen him linked with a January move to Manchester United, where he performed heroics in November to earn Newcastle a draw.
But the Dutchman is fully committed at St James' Park and wants to repay the faith shown by boss Alan Pardew.
Ahead of Saturday's home match against Swansea, when Newcastle will aim to end a four-game winless run, Krul said in the Daily Mirror: "The manager has always insisted that if you're good enough, then it doesn't matter how old you are. I've always firmly believed in that myself, and I'm just glad I've got my chance.
"Maybe in the past, 'keepers have traditionally been a lot older, but there are some top young goalkeepers around now and that's very important.
"I want to stay at this club for a long, long time and, hopefully, because I am still only 23, I can do that.
Icing on the cake
"I am loving life, and going to places like Old Trafford is special.
"Every game is bringing new challenges for me and it's up to me to keep rising to those challenges. I'm very pleased with my game at the moment and with the way things are going. To be honest, I couldn't have wished for better.
"We are answering a lot of questions as a team this season and everyone is playing their part."
Krul also hopes his form for Newcastle can help him overtake Roma's Maarten Stekelenburg and Swansea's Michel Vorm ahead of Euro 2012, where Holland are among the favourites to win the competition.
Asked about the European Championship, Krul said: "To be in the squad for Euro 2012 would be the icing on the cake after what will hopefully be a successful season with Newcastle.
"I can't rest on my laurels and I can't allow myself to relax, because I know Steve Harper and Rob Elliot are there to push me.
"I can't rest easy because I need to be on top of my game week in, week out."