Jonas Gutierrez is delighted he chose to stay with Newcastle United this season.
The Toon winger was concerned a spell in Englandâ€™s second tier would derail his World Cup dream but his national team manager told him not to leave St Jamesâ€™ Park.
Gutierrez said: "When the time came to decide whether or not I was going to stay I made my decision after speaking with Diego. He told me that everything would depend on how I was playing and not where I was playing and that added to the commitment the club showed to me made my mind up to stay. Now Iâ€™m just so happy about promotion but we have to keep the celebrations on hold for the end of the season if we can finish as Champions."
Newcastle moved a step closer to winning the league with Mondayâ€™s 2-1 win over Sheffield United and the former Real Mallorca winger has now set his sights on rounding the season off in style.
He added: "I have achieved my first objective which was to help get Newcastle up. I set out at the start of the season to go step-by-step and not get ahead of myself but now I can start thinking about winning the Championship with my club and then preparing myself for South Africa."