There was an article earlier today in Sky Sports that West Ham had made a £20M initial offer for Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles, rising potentially to £25M.
But today when interviewed in the Chronicle Rafa said he had not heard of any offer for his captain and took the opportunity to say that he is not for sale.
Other clubs have been linked this summer with potentially making a move for the center-back with Chelsea being one of them.
So it wouldn’t be a massive surprise if bids do come in for him but Lascelles is a key player and leader for us – one reason he is the captain – and a very good one too.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles – don’t leave me now
This is what Rafa has said about the situation as reported in the Chronicle:
“He was a key player for us last year and he has to be this year and for a long time to come in the future.”
“The reality is that we don’t want to sell Jamaal. He is a key player for us and leader. We are happy with him.”
“No (I am now aware of any bid for him).” “I saw it on TV but we are not thinking of that.”
“We are just thinking of how to improve him on the pitch.”
When we have a good player at the club, Rafa will want to keep them, and he will not put up with Mike Ashley selling one of his best players.
Rafa wants to have an outstanding team on the pitch and not a lot of money in the club’s bank account.
That, unfortunately, is one of the scenarios that could happen that would mean Rafa would leave Newcastle – if Mike Ashley sells one of his top players
We cannot let that happen.
Anyway – when is Ashley going to sell the club?