Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern will be hoping they can keep a number of their stars at the club and Premier League survival should help their chances further.
The Magpies look to have sealed their place in the competition next season, although they will be looking for a positive result against Arsenal at the weekend, after a fine run of form and performances from their stars. The displays of one man, in particular, has caught the attention of plenty of Premier League sides though, leading Rafa Benitez and the locals to some concern about whether the player will remain at St. James’ Park.
Jamaal Lascelles has attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, however, his manager has revealed that the speculation will not get to the player and he has spoken to his captain about the what he should do.
“He’s happy, training well, he’s improving, he’s focused,” he told TEAMtalk.
“You can’t stop speculation about players, but I was talking with him for a while last week and the focus is just trying to improve his game.
“I think at the moment he knows he has to continue progressing and learning, but he is quite happy here.”
A hugely popular figure on Tyneside, the punters propping up our bar would hate to see him depart and want the Magpies to build around him for the years to come.
The Newcastle fans in the Tavern will be hoping Benitez is able to keep hold of Lascelles during the summer, although the locals will be preparing themselves for offers from other clubs who could offer the 24-year-old more attractive football and a bigger salary.
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