Jamaal Lascelles has been speaking at Newcastle’s ‘open media day’ yesterday at Carton House training camp in County Kildare in Ireland.
There’s been a lot of paper talk of Jamaal possibly leaving the club this summer with some big clubs reportedly interested in signing him.
But Jamaal is happy on Tyneside and doesn’t want to leave and he has a strong working relationship with Newcastle manager Jamaal Lascelles.
Jamaal Lascelles with Rafa Benitez at Benton
This is what Jamaal has said in his interview published in the Chronicle today:
“Nothing changes as far as my future is concerned,”
“This speculation [linking me to other clubs] might not even be true.”
“Since I was a kid, there’s always been teams interested, or speculation, and of course paper talk and stuff on Twitter, and things like that.”
“It doesn’t mean anything to me. I’m happy here; I’m the captain, the fans love me, I love the fans, I’m playing week in, week out.”
“That’s where I’m at right now, and my main focus is getting fit, doing the pre-season games and, of course, getting ready for the Tottenham game.”
“It gives me immense satisfaction what we achieved last season. It’s something we can look back on with pride, but we have to put that behind us.”
“It’s a new season now, with a new target and we know it’s going to be a completely different season to the one we had.”
“We don’t know what’s in store yet. Every game is different, many challenges will be thrown our way, but we just have to prepare and make sure we’re ready to take them all on – head on.”
Jamaal Lascelles is one of the leaders at Newcastle as Rafa tries to build a team that can soon challenge for a top-six place in the Premier League.
But Mike Ashley will have to allow the manager to spend some of the club’s money this summer to do that.
If he doesn’t do that, then it’s going to take Rafa a lot longer to build a top team on Tyneside and he may simply decide to leave for pastures new.
That would be tragic for the club.