Newcastle United's Tim Krul is 'loving life' at the club

Tim Krul
Krul has won two caps for Netherlands since emerging as Newcastle number one

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has said he is happy with his progress on Tyneside, regardless of speculation surrounding his future.

The 23-year-old is a reported target for Chelsea and Tottenhamexternal-link having recorded eight clean sheets for the Magpies in 25 games this season.

"I'm playing for the club I've always wanted to play for," the Netherlands international told BBC Newcastle.

"I've been working hard for five or six years now to be where I am at now."

Krul added: "I know where I am at, I'm loving life at the moment.

"Sixth in the league, we couldn't wish for much more than that."

Alan Pardew has only added one player to the squad during the January transfer window, with Papiss Demba Cisse's arrival from Freiburg.

However reports have linked Krul, Demba Baexternal-link and Cheick Tioteexternal-link with moves away from the club throughout the window.

"It's one of those periods, people get linked everywhere," Krul continued.

"For players they have to switch off, if things happen, they have to happen.

"I don't read the papers or the internet, it will play with your head."

Since joining the club from home-town club Den Haag in the summer of 2006, Krul has emerged through the ranks to become a key player in the Newcastle first-team, with 59 appearances.

You can hear the full interview with Tim Krul in the build up to Newcastle United's trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on BBC Newcastle from 16:45 GMT on Saturday, 28 January 2012.