Joe Willock has been speaking about his long-awaited move to Newcastle United.

The 21-year-old is officially now a Magpie after completing a permanent transfer to the club from Arsenal last week.

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Joe Willock (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

It has been reported the deal is worth around £25 million (Sky Sports).

Getting him back is a big deal for Newcastle.

Last season he transformed the midfield and team as a whole with his work-rate and, of course, his goals.

For a while, it looked as though Willock’s return to St. James’ Park might not happen.

Speaking about the process of his move on BBC Radio Newcastle, he said: “To be honest with you, it wasn’t straightforward at all.

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Joe Willock (Photo by Matthew Childs – Pool/Getty Images)

“It was a big step for me to leave my boyhood club and move away from my comfort zone.

“But it was easier to make the decision because of the Newcastle fans, and the team and the manager. The love I have for Newcastle is immense.

 

“It made the decision very easy for me in the end.”

Willock went on to state that he did have the option of staying at Arsenal, but he chose to leave to better his career.

He said there was only one place he would have left the Gunners for and that was Newcastle.

Willock came across really well

It was a good interview from Willock on BBC Radio Newcastle.

The youngster came across very well, and regularly spoke highly of the fans, who were clearly a major factor in him wanting to join permanently.

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Joe Willock (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

He also assured that he would play for the badge, and there’s every reason to believe him given his fantastic work-rate last term.

Willock seems elated to be back, and hopefully he can pick up where he left off at the end of 2020/21.

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