Take a look back at David Ginola's Newcastle connection before the former NUFC star enters I'm A Celebrity 2021

David Ginola is set to enter I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here this year.David Ginola is set to enter I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here this year.
David Ginola is set to enter I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here this year.
The former winger spent two seasons at St James’ Park.

The 2021 I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here line up has been announced and among the list of recognisable faces set to grace TV screens this winter is a former Newcastle United star.

David Ginola was named alongside singer Frankie Bridge and presenter Richard Madeley this week as another set of famous faces enter the show, which will be based on Wales rather than Australia for the second year in a row.

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The former footballer will be a familiar face to many of those in the North East thanks to his two year spell at Newcastle United which saw him be part of the most successful Toon sides in living memory.

Signed by Kevin Keegan at the start of the infamous 1995-96 Premier League campaign, Ginola made 58 appearances for Newcastle over two seasons before moving to Tottenham. He remained in England for the rest of his professional career, also playing for Aston Villa and Everton before his retirement in 2002.

The 1995-96 team finished second in the Premier League, partially thanks to Ginola's five goals and impressive wing play throughout the campaign, and he still holds Tyneside close to his heart, telling BT Sport’s Fletch and Sav Show in 2016 of how important the North East mentality was to the dressing room.

“When I signed for Newcastle United, in the dressing room there were at least three Geordie guys. They were probably the youngest ones, but they brought into the dressing room the philosophy of the North East of England” he said.

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Earlier this year, he spoke once again of his love for Newcastle United, telling FourFourTwo magazine he’s love to return to the club one day. “I would love to” he said back in January.

"Newcastle were my first club in the Premier League and they deserve better.

"Geordies deserve to have one of the biggest clubs in the country, in Europe, in the world.”

It has now been 25 years since he left St James’ Park, leaving memories of consecutive second place finishes in teams which included Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Philippe Albert.

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here starts on Sunday 21 November on ITV.