There is a report out today that new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to sign Newcastle centre-half and captain Jamaal Lascelles.
The Sun are reporting that Chelsea are looking to bid £18M for the very talented young English defender.
We are not surprised that Jamaal is catching the eye of some top clubs, because not only has he been a great captain this season for the Magpies, but he continues to get better and better under the guidance of world-class manager Rafa Benitez.
Rafa Benitez with Jamaal Lascelles
And Newcastle are doing very well in the Championship thank you very much – and are 3 points clear at the top of the league.
It seems that Chelsea are changing their direction from recent years and now looking for English players (well would you believe it) to stock up on their homegrown players.
Their scouts have been checking up on Jamaal’s performances for Newcastle this season and they have been impressed, but that’s hardly surprising.
22 year-old Jamaal Lascelles has appeared 17 times with one goal for Newcastle this season and has been one of our best performing players ever since Rafa arrived on Tyneside on March 13th.
One of his first actions was to bring the young defender into the first team after former manager Steve McClaren kept with then captain Fabricio Coloccini and newly signed Chancel Mbemba.
Steve didn’t give much playing time at all to the former Nottingham Forest center-back.
But there’s no way Rafa would let his captain leave the club now and why would Jamaal ever want to join Chelsea?
It looks like Newcastle could be going places with Rafa in total charge of all football matters at a revitalized Newcastle United?
We have now won 14 of our last 16 games and get 52,000 sell outs at St James’ Park and we are in the second division!
There’s just no way Jamaal will be leaving Newcastle for any other club any time soon.