The midfielder said: “I know Martin very well. He coached me at Ajax and gave me a chance.
“It is because of him that I made the national team. He is an inspiration to me. I’m very much looking forward to seeing him.
“When I came to Newcastle, he phoned to congratulate me and said the move was a great one for me.
“And no, he did not try to persuade me to join Fulham instead!
“I look forward to seeing him — and I really look forward to beating him!”