Nigel De Jong Has Found Himself A New Club
Midfielders, forwards, defenders, goalkeepers, referees and quite frankly the innocent public of Germany should all be wary of where they're walking because Nigel de Jong has just re-joined the Bundesliga.
There aren't many people in the footballing world who have ever had the reputation of Nigel de Jong for kicking the living hell out of opposition players and fewer still who have literally kicked a man in the chest in a World Cup final, and got away for it.
For a while the Dutchman was one of the best defensive midfielders around with the ability to break up play and break legs in equal measure, he was never the player to shirk a challenge.
The former Manchester City player joined the Premier League when the Citizens were first establishing themselves as title contenders and helped them win their first Premier League title.
In recent times the man with 81 international caps to his name has played in Italy, the US and Turkey and today he left Super Lig to re-join the Bundesliga, where he last played for Hamburg in 2009, signing for Mainz.
Deal ✍️ Nigel #deJong has signed a contract with the #Zerofivers until the end of the season. The dutch midfielder joins #Mainz05 from @Galatasaray. pic.twitter.com/SImZRPgzW5
- Mainz 05 English (@Mainz05en) January 5, 2018
The Nigel De Jong move to Mainz is intriguing. Experience that they need, but not necessarily the skillset they need. #Bundesliga #M05
- Kevin Hatchard (@kevinhatchard) January 5, 2018
I'm not sure what to think about Nigel De Jong signing for Mainz. Feels kinda gross, tbh.
- The Lefty NGS (@ProtectYourNet) January 7, 2018
De Jong gone Mainz good signing
- Reebin Möradi (@ModernDayMoradi) January 6, 2018
Nigel de Jong joining Mainz is a move that I'm 90% sure is just an effort to make sure I remember Nigel de Jong is still playing
- Aidan Reagh (@ARDataAnalysis) January 5, 2018
Nigel de Jong to Mainz 05 is the most random transfer this January.
- Sönke Gorgos (@kingscrossed) January 5, 2018
Upon joining the player said, "I like Mainz's story, the club has established itself in the Bundesliga off its own back. I want to help the team and the club achieve its aims this season and I can only thank Sandro Schwarz and Rouven Schröder for giving me the chance here. I'm really pleased to be back in the Bundesliga, one of Europe's top leagues."
Mainz currently sit in 15th in the Bundesliga just two points above relegation and will be hoping that De Jong takes them clear of safety, or possibly that he kills all their opposition.