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Chelsea defender Van Aanholt tips Newcastle for title

Patrick van Aanholt
van Aanholt has enjoyed his month at St James' Park

On-loan Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt is convinced Newcastle United will finish the season as Championship title winners.

The 19-year-old is set to return to his parent club after a month on Tyneside, and is backing the Magpies to rejoin Chelsea in the Premier League.

He told BBC Newcastle: "Newcastle are a massive club, I've enjoyed my time.

"Newcastle are top of the league, they've got a brilliant team and I think they will win the league."

As well as trading divisions, the Den Bosch-born player has also moved from the bustling capital to a different pace of life in the North East.

And van Aanholt admitted he has enjoyed the interaction with supporters, who are quick to show their affections for players in the black and white of Newcastle.

"I think they like me, I've played six games, and when I go out in town people recognise me," he said.

"When my family was here, I went out for dinner with them and people came up to me, and I was like 'that's what happens here'.

"They love football over here, 24-7, and it's good."

Van Aanholt began his career with PSV Eindhoven in his native Holland before moving to Premier League side Chelsea in 2006.

Prior to joining Newcastle the defender also had a period on loan at Newcastle's Championship rivals Coventry City.

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