Newcastle United fans must be delighted as the club effectively secured their place in the Premier League for another season at the weekend. Rafa Benitez’s team managed to reach the 40-point mark and will now be looking to continue to push on with the momentum they have to finish as high as they can.
The summer is expected to bring plenty of change, as naturally, clubs will look to head into the transfer market and strengthen their sides, whilst also getting rid of the deadwood. However, it appears one individual is more than happy to stay at St. James’ Park despite being in Benitez’s plans.
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According to a report by the Newcastle Chronicle, Rob Elliot has been told that he does not have a future at the club as long as Rafa Benitez is in charge.
However, that does not appear to have fazed the Republic of Ireland international, as it is believed that he wants to remain at St. James’ Park until the end of his contract, which expires next summer.
It hardly comes as a surprise that Elliot no longer has a future at the club, however, his desire to remain at Newcastle until the end of his contract would appear to be a little unusual.
The 32-year-old has had to sit and watch the likes of Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow be used in front of him, whilst Freddie Woodman has been coming through the ranks and could get a chance in the future if he were to remain with the Magpies.
Having signed from Charlton Athletic in 2011, the idea that he is comfortable in the northeast may be a reason as to why he has no plans to leave so soon, however, his playing career is hardly going to improve in the near future.
Elliot, who is valued at £1.35million (per Transfermarkt), still has time on his side and could still be a reasonable shot-stopper for a Championship side, although it appears he is more than content with just training and sitting in the stands (or at home) watching his team-mates in action.
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