The Sun is reporting today that central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has held emergency talks with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez about his situation at the club.
Jonjo has not started a game for the club since last November and there were rumors in January that West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini wanted him for a fee of £20M.
It’s strange because Shelvey was a key man for us last season but with the emergence of local North Shields lad, Sean Longstaff in central midfield can allow Rafa to cash in on the England International this summer.
Jonjo went to see Rafa on Friday morning before the game at Leicester City where Newcastle won 1-0 and it was said to be a tense and frank meeting between the two of them.
Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez – tense but frank meeting
And the manager is reported to have told Shelvey he’s not in the side because he’s not fit enough – and certainly not match fit.
But you can’t get match-fit unless you play some matches and get sub appearances to get back into games.
Jonjo was an unused sub in the terrific win at the King Power Stadium – our last game before we take on Southampton on Saturday at home.
It seems it’s almost certain now that Shelvey will leave Newcastle this summer but the 27-year-old will be disappointed because he really likes it at the club.
Jonjo joined us in January 2016 for £12M from Swansea and since then he’s played 109 games for us with 7 goals and 19 assists – and was a key player in getting us promoted two years ago.