Gutierrez, who earned around £40,000-a-week during his time with Newcastle, is reported to be seeking a payment of around £2million after missing out on an “automatic” 12-month extension to a four-year contract, which would have kicked in if he had started 80 games between 2011 and 2015.
The player, who in fact made 78 starts and five appearances as a substitute, said in his statement: “It is notable that during my chemotherapy treatment, neither the manager, Alan Pardew, or any club directors contacted me to see how I was feeling or to congratulate me on my recovery.
“Shortly after my return to the club from chemotherapy, I was called into Mr Pardew’s office.
“Mr Pardew apologised for the way he had treated me in December 2013, when he told me I was not wanted by the club any longer but he said that this was not his decision.
“I understood by this that the decision was actually that of the club’s owner, Mike Ashley.”
In his evidence, Gutierrez said he had agreed to “draw a line under the past” with Pardew, but the manager moved to Crystal Palace within a month of the conversation.