The Telegraph are reporting today that Jonjo Shelvey is likely to be leaving the Newcastle club this summer.
The news is that Rafa wants to keep Shelvey at the club long term.
But the fact he has lost his place in the team to young local sensation Sean Longstaff, who looks a big star in the making. will have something to do with Shelvey maybe wanting to move this summer.
Isaac Hayden has been the holding midfielder for the last couple of months, and he also wants to leave the club in the summer so Rafa may lose both Hayden and Shelvey this summer.
How much we can get for the two players is debatable, but they will not go on the cheap.
West Ham’s manager Manuel Pellegrini is interested in taking the Londoner to the east London club this summer and was interested in signing Jonjo in January.
Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez on the training gorund
Shelvey scored the only goal last night at Fulham in the U23’s 1-0 win, and the central midfielder got much-needed match practice.
This is what Rafa has said about Shelvey:
“He is coming back from injury and he needs match fitness.” “He said, if he was not involved against West Ham, he wanted to improve his fitness. He asked to be put in the U23 team. It was a positive movement, he wanted to play.”
“I have five midfielders competing for two spots and Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden have been doing very well. Mo Diame and Ki also cannot get in the team and they were ahead of Jonjo.”
“But he still has a long-term future. He is under contract. He has not caused any trouble. He was the one telling me he wanted to play for the U23s. I said do you want 45 minutes and he said, no 60.”
“I am only thinking about games.” It is better when everything is going right, but when you are winning games, and everyone is talking too much, you relax a bit and that is when you make mistakes.”
There’s nothing specifically in the Telegraph report that quotes Shelvey as wanting to leave the club.
If Shelvey and Hayden are allowed to leave this summer, Rafa may want to extend the contract of Ki Sung-yueng which has only one year to run this summer.
Ki can play either as the defensive or attacking midfielder, and he has looked good when playing in the Newcastle first team – he has both skill and Premier League experience.
Mo Diame’s contract also runs out in June so Rafa will also have a decision to make about whether to keep Mo on Tyneside.