Newcastle United will be looking ahead to the summer as they look to line-up a number of new additions and fans in the Transfer Tavern may not have seen the last of one man in particular.
The Magpies managed to turn things around in 2018 as they embarked on an impressive run allowing them to retain their place in the Premier League, largely in thanks to the loan deals Rafa Benitez made in January.
Kenedy and Martin Dubravka, who both joined from Chelsea and Sparta Prague respectively, were huge contributors to their success, and a number of locals will be desperate to keep hold of both of them on permanent deals.
Islam Slimani had a more difficult time following his arrival from Leicester City, with injury setbacks tarnishing his temporary spell in the North-East, and he is now suspended for the rest of the season after he was retrospectively punished for kicking out at Craig Dawson in Newcastle’s defeat against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
Benitez was prepared to give the Algeria international the chance to impress during the final stages of the season, however, that ban has prematurely ended his season.
The Spaniard was prepared to send him back to the Foxes, however, he has revealed to the Shields Gazette that the player wants to stay and train with them, eyeing a possible permanent switch.
“I was talking with him,” he told the media outlet.
“He said he wanted to stay and train, he told me he wanted to stay.”
The Magpies faithful in the Tavern will have been disappointed that Slimani has only had a handful of chances to make an impression, however, the locals will be pleased that he is showing dedication to the club, even if it is with the intention of securing a permanent deal.
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