We have several senior first-team players out on loan at the moment.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is at Fulham, Matz Sels is at Anderlecht, Jack Colback is at Nottingham Forest, Achraf Lazaar is at Sivasspor, Henri Saivet is at Sivasspor, and Rolando Aarons is at Verona.
We don’t expect any of these players to be in Benitez’ future plans this summer, which is one reason they are out on loan.
But the on-loan players will have seen how well Newcastle have done this season in the Premier League and will likely want to be a part of the continuing Rafa revolution on Tyneside.
Matz Sels at Hull in League Cup in 2016
Belgium U21 International Matz Sels is one of those on loan, and he has said this in the Shields Gazette today:
“I want to know if the club wants to keep me.”
“But I have not closed the chapter on Newcastle.” “I remain very grateful to Rafa Benitez for hiring me.”
“At the moment, I could make statements in all directions,”
“But I have to wait. I depend on Newcastle’s project, to which I remain bound for several years.”
“I have not had news in a few months, but I do not let it get in my head.”
“As soon as the club has ensured their stay in the Premier League, they will contact me.”
Since Newcastle are now almost mathematically safe in the Premier League and new man Martin Dubravka has looked so good in the Newcastle goal we expect Rafa to try to sell Sels this summer.
At the very least he could see him out on loan again although we believe there is no option for Anderlecht to buy him in the current loan contract.
There will be a massive clear-out of players this summer as Rafa makes room in the squad for better players to come in.
With around £125M of Premier League money coming to us next month surely Mike Ashley will give Rafa some significant money to spend this summer?
He deserves every last penny.