Jeff Hendrick buoyed by AC Milan's interest ahead of Newcastle switch

"It was a really nice feeling when I was told they were interested. Everyone knows that club, it's massive, so it gave me a bit of a confidence boost, I have to say."

Jeff Hendrick has joined Newcastle on a four-year deal
Image: Jeff Hendrick has joined Newcastle on a four-year deal

Jeff Hendrick says being linked with AC Milan during the summer provided him with a confidence boost before his move to Newcastle.

The Magpies won the race to sign the 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international after his contract at Burnley had expired, but knowing that they had had to fight off competition from the Serie A giants put a smile on his face.

Speaking about Milan's interest as he was unveiled at a press conference on Friday, Hendrick said: "Yes, there was interest there. I know there was a bit of interest and that was it.

"It was a really nice feeling when I was told they were interested. Everyone knows that club, it's massive, so it gave me a bit of a confidence boost, I have to say."

Hendrick is currently working with his Newcastle team-mates at their pre-season training base in York and is relishing the chance to pull on a black and white shirt for the first time in anger when the new Premier League season gets under way next month.

Dimitrios Giannoulis is valued at £4m by his club PAOK
Image: Newcastle are also interested in signing PAOK defender Dimitrios Giannoulis who is valued at £4m by his club

Asked why he had opted to head for Tyneside, he said: "It's a big club, lovely stadium. I know the fans obviously won't be in at the start - but a great fanbase.

"Growing up, Newcastle were a big team for me to see on TV, so there are loads of different things.

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"Once the offer became solid, this was where I wanted to come."

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